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What do you think will replace email as a form of communication in the future?


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Seems formal email will remain intrinsic to governmental and business communication as a matter of recording communication of decisions. But, some years now, it seems personal email for consumers has all but been replaced by IM’s, SNS and VolP. Is there any need to have a record of daily, personal conversations?

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After we nearly wipe our selves out in a nuclear Holocaust, clay tablets or scratching on stone!

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chip implants in the brain, a direct connection to the web, no need for phones, computers or hard lines :)

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After the world destroys itself, those left will have nothing but smoke signals to use for communication.

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I still use e-mail for all business correspondence. I used FB messaging for friends for a while but have now switched back to e-mail in most cases. FB seems to limit functionality for unorthodox platforms.

The encryption offered by some messaging services has promoted their utility. E-mail has never been secure by default. Encrypted or enhanced e-mail usually requires extras that you cannot depend upon others having.

[ISP-based] e-mail is partially distributed (webmail is not). It routes through e-mail servers/ISPs but not through a central entity. When fully distributed-aware systems are rolled out, a new standard of encryption for e-mail may come with them. For example, your e-mail to someone might reside on your system and the recipient would access it directly from their system.

FAX may be more secure than many of the above, at least until governments end POTS telephone systems and force a shift to IP services, which they can tap by default.

I have switched back to using postage stamps rather than printed labels - adhesive ones that can be soaked off paper and collected, self-adhesive ones usually cannot be. People like seeing them on their mail. I'm also using them on postcards to friends. Getting something in the post that you can stick on your wall/fridge is nicer than anything electronic. The more we default to digital, the more value we will confer upon tangible things.

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Well said @GBR48 9:53am:

- “The more we default to digital, the more value we will confer upon tangible things.” -

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my company switched to Slack for group communication. The rationale was that group emails enable lots of spam, and from time to time security breaches occurred. I liked having all the information in one place (email), but I do understand the security risks

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Psychological telepathy.

But in Japan the gov't offices will still be using fax machines and Windows XP.

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The future dictator forbids emails and any other horizontal communication , only top down orders are distributed.

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Memes, emojis and TikTok videos... until we are all functionally illiterate.

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I feel like homing pigeons.... it's romantic now :)

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Email will always be a type of formal communication, that would be more used than postal mail letters. It has already been largely replaced in terms of informal communication.

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E-mail may yet have a renaissance. You can operate an entire, fully-featured distributed social media network using it, without the storage and bandwidth overheads.

Using a standalone app/lication, all data traffic moves between users via e-mail, as encrypted text strings or encrypted attachments.

The app/lication would pull the relevant e-mails as they arrive on webmail, ISP e-mail server or a local e-mail server and recover the messages and content.

You might see the occasional app/lication e-mail arrive, but you would just ignore it and the software would rapidly process it.

Everything you can see and do on Facebook can be done that way. It would be entirely secure. The entity producing the software could supply advertising content, but all Web 2.0 content would move user to user and be encrypted.

This would be a fairly simple project and it would be interesting to see if it could go viral and replace Facebook and other social media services. It would be impossible for any third party entity to censor or block Web 2.0 content, but users could self-censor their own feed and restrict what they saw, as they wished.

The e-mail protocol has not been fully exploited. It may be a cheap and simple alternative to a distributed component in a major platform, as Microsoft, Google and Apple seem to have little interest in including such functionality in their operating systems.

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What do you think will replace email as a form of communication in the future?

ESP for the win. It will happen. Remarkable studies promoting it now.

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Does e-mail need to be replaced for some reason?

I find e-mail infinitely easier to use, and less mentally taxing, than the group chat apps that seem to be taking over the world these days.

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Its already been replaced for a lot of communication, particularly outside of work.

I’ve had the same personal email address for over 20 years, and looking at the archive of old emails is kind of like a geologist looking at the history of the Earth through different layers of rock and soil.

In the earliest layer you’ll find evidence that I used email a lot to communicate with my friends back in the late 90s and early 00s. In addition to regular “Hi, how are you doing” type mails, you’ll also find evidence that we used email to share memes and photos with each other, and even forward chain emails to each other.

Then in the mid to late 00s layer these types of messages disappear from the archeological record as social media started to supplant email as the means of exchanging these things. Emails with friends drop dramatically and its only a few (mostly those that avoid social media) that survive in the social media age.

It does however become important for communication with older family members and as the address that I give to various websites (like JT) when I register for accounts. The volume of mail is reduced dramatically though since my main day to day communications are done via other means.

In contrast to my personal email, my work email is constantly flooded with messages, so it still dominates there.

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In contrast to my personal email, my work email is constantly flooded with messages, so it still dominates there.

In one of my previous positions, I was averaging over a 150 e-mails a day, sometimes up to 200, and I’d class about 80% of them as unnecessary or trivial. Some were unnecessarily CC’d to me.

Sometimes a quick Zoom chat can save time to clear up problems with someone continually spamming you with questions.

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These days I get the most emails from JT

Me too! Mostly from the moderator :)

I think it's largely dead as a social form of communication, although I did get a formal invitation to an event over email.

It still forms the bulk of business communication, but a lot of companies are using things internally such as Slack. Teams has also added a new way of communicating.

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The telegram.

It's due for a comeback.

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Would you give those same emails @Ah_so 4:47pm the same classification as @Jimizo does?:

@Jimizo 12:35pm: “…I’d class about 80% of them as unnecessary or trivial.”

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Good-ol-fashioned speech.

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