Printing presses. Linotype. Typewriters. Almost gone forever. Next will be computers within 20 years–maybe earlier. Something else will appear to replace computers.
I must admit that I do not lament the passing of the typewriter. I know that may be heresy among my boomer peers, but I remember the typing class I had to take with Attilla the Hunness. I remember how many mistakes I made. I remember carbon paper, which was a truly cruel invention. I do still have two Olympia non-electric typewriters. Maybe I can sell them on eBay for a bazillion dollars and retire.
I do think it’s odd that computer keyboards are still the same as typewriters. The reason for the design for typewriters was so that the keys would not get stuck and the ease of reaching the most commonly used keys. It doesn’t make any difference with a computer keyboard, but most still use what is known as the qwerty system for the top-left key strokes.
See the passing of the typewriter at http://bit.ly/gzLuO7