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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    Matt, 12 Feb 2008 @ 9:08am

    Tablets to replace paper

    Until people have nice, cheap OLED-paper equivalents (maybe with a program in them to flip multiple pages) for when we want to send documents to people (said technology is probably only 2 or 3 years off, maybe 5 from cheap consumer level), I don't think we'll be rid of paper yet.
    Especially since the legal system has a lot of specific requirements for using electronic documents as binding vs paper, that stuff gets fairly complicated.

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