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Mixer #128 | Intermediate B1

Techno Obsolete

Listen to six people discuss what technology will become obsolete in the future.

Warren / Canada
speakerAs much as I like to read, I don't think books are going to be around forever. They take up a lot of space, and they use up a lot of material, a lot of natural resources. These days, we can already just have everything on an iPad or some other kind of electronic device. So, we don't really need them.

Antoinette / United States
speakerI wonder. I think the television will become obsolete. we can access news broadcasts and television shows through the internet and on our computers, and even on our cellphones. So, huge, large, clanky televisions are probably on their way out.

Sarah / England
speakerThe technology that will become obsolete, I think, will be the CD. Now, we have the ability to download music and put that track directly on to a music player. I think the tangible item of a CD will be obsolete, because there is no need for them now. You can put them onto a pen drive or you can put them onto a music player, and you can always have them wherever you are.

Matt / United States
speakerI think technologies, such as digital cameras and handheld gaming devices will become obsolete in the next two or three years. That's because they have new technologies that, such as cellphones that are gaming centers, that are digital cameras and do everything all in one. So, you don't need to have a cellphone and a digital camera. You don't need to have a cellphone and a handheld gaming device. You can have all in one.

Rese / Botswana
speakerI think the desktop computers have really started to become obsolete and will continue to become more and more obsolete because of the various technologies, like laptops and iPads and iPhones that already give you access to all the things that a desktop computer can give you access to and that are more mobile than the desktop computer.

Lindsay / United States
speakerI think cars someday in the future will become obsolete. We'll still have transportation vehicles, but it won't necessarily be a car dependent on oil. It might be like an electric car, or maybe it will be dependent on wind fuel or solar energy, something different.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

take up space


Books take up a lot of space, and they use up a lot of material.

When something takes up space, it covers a larger area. Notice the following:

  1. The sofa in my living room takes up a lot of space.
  2. The parking garage takes up a lot of space downtown.



I think the television will become obsolete.

When something is obsolete, it is not longer needed or useful. Notice the following:

  1. Soon alarm clocks will be obsolete as people can just use their cell phones instead.
  2. Horses as transportation became obsolete after the invention of cars.

on their way out


Huge, large, clanky televisions are probably on their way out.

When something is on the way out, that means people will soon stop using it. Notice the following:

  1. That fashion trend seems to be on the way out.
  2. With more and more reality shows, TV dramas seem to be on the way out.



New digital cameras can do everything all-in-one.

When something is all-in-one, that means it has many purposes. Notice the following:

  1. The swiss army knife is a great all-in-one tool.
  2. The movie trilogy can be bought in an all-in-one DVD set.

dependent on


Maybe it will be dependent on wind fuel or solar energy.

When you are dependent on someone or something, that means you need it to survive. Notice the following:

  1. People are still too dependent on cars for transportation.
  2. Food crops are very dependent on the weather.


Vocabulary Quiz

take up space • obsolete • all-in-one
dependent • on their way out
  1. She is on her mother for help.
  2. The TV will soon become .
  3. My car is cool but it tends to in the garage.
  4. Have you seen my gardening tool.
  5. Those socks are no longer cool. They are with teens.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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