- When we looked on the package for the price tag, we assumed price tags we're here to stay. We did not foresee UPC scanners and RFID tags.
- When we fiddled with the knobs on the radio, television or home movie camera, we never guessed there would be remote controls.
- When we took film to the drug store for processing and mounted the prints of our photos in scrapbooks, we failed to anticipate digital cameras or snapshots that get viewed on computers and TV's.
- When we looked through the viewfinder on a film or movie camera, we never expected to watch an LCD monitor of the shot before we took it.
- When we bought longer extension cords for the wall phone and additional phones for other rooms in the house, we did not expect cordless phones and cellphones to give us unlimited mobility.
- When we looked in the phone book or called 411 for a number, we did not look forward to going online for that.
This pattern of fixation applies as much to incumbent manufacturers, service providers and their rival enterprises, as the consumers in the thrall of the current technology. It's no wonder that, for most people, it's inconceivable we could do without classrooms in school and cubicles at work.