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By 2030, will we actually 'own' anything ?

By T.K. Randall
July 7, 2021 · Comment icon 49 comments

Will renting gadgets become the norm nine years from now ? Image Credit: PD - Peakpx
Some experts predict that in the near future, we will be renting, rather than owning, just about everything.
These days it is still common for people to own most of the things that they use on a daily basis.

In the not-too-distant future however, it has been predicted that we could see a significant shift away from ownership to renting, with even the simplest gadget being borrowed rather than outright owned.

In 2016, the World Economic Forum released a video predicting that by 2030 "You'll own nothing. And you'll be happy. Whatever you want, you'll rent. And it'll be delivered by drone."

"Everything you considered a product, has now become a service," a separate WEF essay reads.

"We have access to transportation, accommodation, food, and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much."
We are starting to see examples of this idea - where once we would have bought DVDs to watch movies at home, for example, now we subscribe to streaming services like Netflix.

Instead of owning a car, many people opt to use Uber to get where they need to go and when self-driving cars become the norm, one might simply rent a car which automatically shows up outside your house and takes you where you want to go for the day.

There are advantages to renting rather than owning - it means fewer commitments, less responsibility and more freedom to change your mind about things.

On the other hand, we also risk becoming slaves to the companies that provide these rented services.

Ultimately, the way we purchase and use goods and services is likely to change significantly in the coming years. Whether or not it will be a change for the better, however, remains a matter of debate.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (49)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #40 Posted by lightly 2 years ago
^ †doesn't that sound like how the†Federal Reserve system operates? † †(Correct me if I'm wrong...but I have read that it's not 'Federal'. ..but made up of private bank members ?) †. † † † †
Comment icon #41 Posted by and then 2 years ago
There's a guy I used to call the "debt Nazi", Dave Ramsey, who helps people detox from credit overdose.† He became a very wealthy man by creating a common sense approach to reducing then eliminating credit card debt while using cash and savings for purchases. His favorite tale was of driving an extremely expensive car and realizing while at the pump that he didn't have the money for fuel because his credit cards were maxed-out.† That was the day the "light bulb" went off over his head † As for the idea of "owning nothing and being happy", all I can say is that communism must be a LOT easier to... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by lightly 2 years ago
Comment icon #43 Posted by josellama2000 2 years ago
The title: "By 2030, will we actually 'own' anything ?" You: is that your anything or mine?
Comment icon #44 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
rent slaves...
Comment icon #45 Posted by Tatetopa 2 years ago
Dave Ramsey inspired me to get out of debt and put another $400k in my 401K after age 50.† Cars and a house are useful tools for me not status. Our cars are 10+ years old with† nearly 200k miles on each.† † Any form of government including all the various† flavors of totalitarianism are easiest to impose on seriously ignorant and gullible people.† To compound the problem, seriously ignorant and gullible people do not know they are ignorant and gullible.† They often think they are smarter than everybody else and know the real truth.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
I have a friend who did the same thing after going to a Dave Ramsey seminar. †It worked for him. †It even made it easier for him to quit smoking because he added up how much money he and his wife were spending on cigarettes. † It worked for him but not his wife.
Comment icon #47 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
When you start playing the numbers game with your life. You realize how much you waste on useless things.†
Comment icon #48 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
One thing that helped curb my energy drink addiction was realizing that I'm spending $1100 (give or take) per year. Couple this with junk/fast food, it adds up.†
Comment icon #49 Posted by eppy3 2 years ago
I donít know but I think that governments would react better if they responded to the needs and realistic requirements of the people rather than the lobbyists and bankers etc. who are only concerned about their agenda. I truly think we would all be better off if lobbying were abolished! Real estate in Canada is a complete joke as young people starting out today are realizing they will never own a home. How the hell did we get here? Itís just so sad! Banks,real estate brokers, lobbyists and government all to blame. Too much greed!

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