Education and Science
10 Things Humans Will Always Need
Updated on November 1, 2016 Robert Zimmerman moreRobert is from south-east Florida and serves the world as a reference librarian. Also a musician, Bob plays bass in a Indie cover band.
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I was thinking the other day about the future, say one hundred years from now. What items will humans still be using? Are there items, i.e. basic technology, that humans will always need?
Now, this is MY LIST and I do not know enough to say it is “THE LIST” but we have to start somewhere, don’t we? Staying with basic technology items which SHOULD be available no matter what state humanity finds itself in one hundred years, I included items humans will ALWAYS need, no matter what has transpired, environmental disaster(s), overpopulation, human-computer melding (cyborgs), zombie apocalypse or a dystopian ultra-bureacracy. I tend to think it will be ALL OF THE ABOVE!
#10) The Toaster
It was hard to decide on the #10 item but I finally picked our friend, the toaster. We have been baking bread and slicing the loaves up for thousands of years and likely the greatest thing since sliced bread was the toaster. Today we can purchase reliable toasters that last for years. We can not only toast our bread but bagels, muffins and pastries go in cold and come out hot and ready to enjoy.
I think that humans will always have sliced baked goods and will need toasters to make ourselves a quick meal. Obviously, having toasters one hundred years from now is based on there being electricity to power them, unless someone develops a self powered toaster! Perhaps in the distant future, humans will develop the ability to toast bread with our minds. That would be handy.
#9) CHEAP T-Shirts!
The Best Way to Say What You REALLY Think!
In the future, T-Shirts with catchy, humorous sayings will be all the rage! Why not start hoarding a variety right now? Then you will always have just the right T-Shirt to annoy people at any post-apocalyptic occasion!
Plus you will have spare cotton cloth to filter your drinking water!
#8) Tape and Glue
Ahhh, nothing like a roll of strong tape and a variety of adhesives to solve a problem. Our modern world just cannot function without these items so I can’t imagine the future being any different. And in a post-apocalyptic world tape and glue will be more valuable than gold!
Have you used tape or glue today? I bet you have!
#7) The Flashlight
Unless you are a fan of stubbed toes, cobwebs or touching unknown slimy goo, you have a flashlight. People that work at night or who go into creepy places have them, why not you? Aren’t you as smart as the average police officer, truck driver, ghost hunter or plumber?
How about one hundred years from now, don’t you think that flashlights will be around? Besides, those mutant cyborgs have excellent night vision!
#6) Pen (pencil) margin:0px !important;” /> #4) Bicycles (self powered transportation)
The forerunner of the bicycle we know was the Dandy Horse of 1817 invented by Baron Karl von Drais (German)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle ).There were no pedals, the rider pushed the ground with his/her feet to move along. However, it looked like a bicycle and was steerable. I bet the Baron kept his shoemaker busy though!
For my list I think the folding bicycle would be something common one hundred years from today. We may need to ride and then carry the bike on public transportation to get to our destination. As well, the average “house” might be less than 300 sq ft so we will need the folding bicycle for storage.
#3) Fire Starter
Now, even if civilization hangs together for the next one hundred years (Ha!) and you can evade the pollution police and have a clandestine BBQ you will still need something to start your fire. And if things go the other way you’ll be living in the woods or some cave trying to cook a mutated rabbit for dinner. There has been and always will be a basic human need for fire.
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Overall, the best tool for survival in any situation is (drum roll please)
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sendingAnon 9 months ago
Sorry to say this list didn’t do much for me all these things don’t seem like they could all be useful assets in a bright and better future
stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619
I still have my toaster an old one in perfect shape from 1969, and a new one from my kids that is supposed to be so much better. I leave the new one out and use my old one. This was a fun hub.
julieannbrady 3 years ago
Hey, I’m not so sure about that hat! lol … perhaps we will need a mask for breathing too? I’d want a computer.
Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida
Clever idea, but some things are outdated already. The smart phone can’t toast bread yet, but it can be a flashlight and it can replace pencil and paper. Just as long as it can be kept charged.
AuthorRobert Zimmerman 3 years ago from SE Florida, USA
Why, yes I do as a matter of fact! Everyone NEEDS a hobby!
Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA
Robert do you stay up at night thinking of these strange topics? How did you come up with this list? I think my list would have to be longer only because I couldn’t limit it to ten. I’d add fishing line. My husband says I use it for everything. Now the foil hat is a must! 🙂
David Paul Wagner 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia
I like all the tools on your list. The “Whole Earth Catalog”, originally published back in the 1960s, used to provide a list of important tools we will always need and it’s good that there is a recent incarnation of that book in Kevin Kelly’s “Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities”.
Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.
I should buy my son a case of duct tape every year…he uses it for everything 🙂
LadyDuck 4 years ago
Good list, there are objects that humans need all the time.
I need to blow lots of bubbles on bubblews just kidding wulfiegal21xxx We all need to survive so the others that come after can survive too.xxx
anonymous 4 years ago
I need squidoo
JeremiahSay LM 4 years ago
I need my barbie doll and water gun 😛
malikaehf 4 years ago
This is a fun lens with many great ideas 🙂
flycatcherrr 4 years ago
I want one of those tinfoil hats for Christmas… 🙂
chris1402 5 years ago
apart from the tin foil hat (I know ET is here somewhere), I’d like to say, humans will always need ” a second chance”
Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK
Great list, love it, and the hat – great for keeping aliens away!
I grew up with a gas cooker and the grill (broiler) made the best toast. For years I used electric toasters or toaster ovens, and the toast always came out burnt and damp. Then we got a stove with a gas grill again, and it’s wonderful. Now I can make the best cheese on toast in the world yet again.
I think if I was sent through a time warp into the future or past, I would want to have with me some basic tools, like a hammer, saw, chisel etc, also a magnifying glass to make fire, and some solar powered items like a light.
@sockii: And all my ex friends said it wasn’t worth wearing!
Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey
I love it. Especially the tin foil hat. You get a Blessing for that picture alone 🙂
@LadyFlashman: Ha! You say that NOW, but I bet you’ll change your mind we put YOU in charge of the post-apocalyptic cleaning crew! Thanks for visiting!
LadyFlashman 5 years ago from United Kingdom
This lens certainly fits the new Sci-Fi theme very well! I agree on a firestarter, but I think the human race would survive without a dry erase board!
@pawpaw911: Don’t forget your Superglue and Velcro!
Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri
Flashlights, firestarters, and bicycles are a good idea. Not so sure about the toaster. Thanks!
@robertzimmerman2: Yes, we must all be vigilant of the zombies and vampires. Heck, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. I think electricity will be an issue so we need a portable, solar-powered generator and pump for the bicycle.
@julieannbrady: Other than the toaster and flashlight I wanted to be covered in case there is no electricity. You could get a generator for your bicycle and charge some batteries and portable devices (plus get your exercise indoors since outside the zomies will getcha).
julieannbrady 5 years ago
Did I miss the TV? How about radio, Kindle, phone? Absolutely on the knives!
pawpaw911 5 years ago
Nice list. With Duct tape and baling wire, I can fix just about anything.
anonymous 5 years ago
Definitely agreed! Overall fun lens with interesting stuff!
Hammocksaustralia 5 years ago
Haha, very nicely done! Awesome hat there also!
roony672 5 years ago
LOL great lens!
blue22d 5 years ago
Fun lens. I must say, I do enjoy the toaster, especially for re-heating waffles, pancakes, muffins….yum! But, I would always want my music….I could give up a lot (phone for sure), but not my music.
SteveKaye 5 years ago
You lured me in with the title. Then I laughed out loud when I discovered where this article was going. And I agree with you. These are the hidden necessities that we’ll all need. Thank you for publishing this lens.
Mandy Stradley 5 years ago
Lol can’t live without a toaster!
msseiboi 5 years ago
That is absolutely true..how civilized we think we may be, we will require them in times to come
Tagarack 5 years ago
I agree with all but the dry erase board. I think in time, with monitor prices coming down and getting bigger, that eventually these will be taken over by that technology. Someone already mentioned toilet paper, deodorant and other toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc) will always be a necessary thing for humans. But on the other nine, I completely agree. 🙂 Fun lens to read. And I think I might check out those books on what to make with duct tape, my favorite household item. 🙂
JoshK47 5 years ago
Definitely agreed! Great lens!
@JamesDWilson: I’ll go into the “study” and think on that one, I might end up agreeing with you!
JamesDWilson 5 years ago
You forgot one very important thing… toilet paper will always be needed!
ussiandiram 5 years ago
pen and paper, i like drawing..
@esvoytko lm: “anti-small-appliance”? I’m trying to wrap my head around that but thanks for visiting!
esvoytko lm 5 years ago
Haha, great list but I can’t say I agree about the toaster! I’ve never had one; in fact, I am anti-small-appliance.
vaigavenugopal 5 years ago
@CoeGurl: It works for me!
AuthorRobert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA
@aesta1: You know what I’m talking about then! I bet in Canada the equivalent would be a hatchet.
Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada
Funny but we brought our own machete to Canada three years ago and had been using them.
sarasentor lm 5 years ago
CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA
Very interesting to think about. An aluminum hat just might be a necessity. Mutant zombie mind probes, LOL.
Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada
Yep I have to agree with Ginger. Give me fire please as one of the 10 things humans will always need. Fire is light, warmth, food, and protection.
GingerBriggs 5 years ago
I think you may want to start with the lighter, flint or another form of such an item. Ink may work better than led.. I think you just started me a new lens! 🙂
MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State
I like #6 the best, we will always need something to write on and with, communication at its finest, ha, great lens!