December 27, 2012

Paper, Airplanes on Road to Obsolescence

Nathaniel Borenstein, Xconomy


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We’re now living in a world where the role of paper is changing rapidly. As far back as the 1960s, futurists were predicting that computing technology would make paper largely obsolete. These beliefs hit the mainstream with a 1975 article in Business Week. Such predictions look most foolish when they limit themselves to specific dates. A 1975 prediction that “the use of paper in business for records and correspondence should be declining by 1980 and by 1990, most record-handling will be electronic,” is hard not to smile at today. But the predictions kept coming, steadily pushing the date further and further into the future.

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