Predictions

by Mike Masnick


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Perhaps The Paperless World Isn't Such A Myth

from the mythbusting-the-myth? dept

At the beginning of the personal computer revolution, there were plenty of predictions concerning things like the "paperless office." However, during the 90's it was widely decided that the paperless office was a myth -- and, in fact, the use of computers had actually generated even more demand for paper as there was more stuff than ever before to be printed. Perhaps, though, the myth of the paperless office was a bit of a myth itself. Or, at the very least, it was merely off by a decade or so. The younger generation is less interested in using paper and more and more people are figuring out that they really don't need paper any more. This won't mean the end of paper over night, but it certainly appears that we're finally reaching a point that some had predicted decades ago, where people are recognizing that it's easier to store things digitally than on paper.

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    Iron Chef, 12 Feb 2008 @ 10:11am

    ePaper, Where art thou?

    ePaper really looks promising, especially for industries that rely heavily on IP or processes that frequently change.

    I'd like to point to VW-Audi AEB/ATW engine family and their timeless 1.8L timing belt repair process that was updated almost monthly before going to market with a redesigned engine.

    A concievable prototype would be something along the lines of an online repair manual solution for the auto industry, or other industries that may need rights management due to term-based IP licensing or possibly due to frequent deprication of processes, etc.

    The reality is that it would probably be a concept tried in Germany first.

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