incrediBILL - 12:02 am on May 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
There have been VERY few times and places where most of the population was expected to be literate.
The masses didn't need to be educated in order to have civilization, they only needed to do what in the heck they were told to do in order to make it function.
My point was when the power goes out the grand kids won't know what in the heck to do in order to make the world keep turning because they probably won't even have pens and paper.
I know I'm mostly guilty of that already as my phone is my pen and paper, it's how I take all my notes and if needed share it with the desktop later.
The only thing that's awkward is when someone is on the phone with you and you're trying to use that same phone to take notes of the conversation. Since we already have a service that translates your voice mail to text, I'm assuming the next big thing will be to translate the conversation to text so you don't even have to bother taking notes.
Taking notes will probably be outmoded for the grand kids as they'll just cut and paste quotes from the transcript.
There's a not-so-far-fetched thing that all conversations on all phones will be automatically transcripted which will make it easy for the cops to collect evidence for court cases!