How many times throughout your life have you read predictions of the “paperless office of the future”? Wikipedia traces the notion to the 1940s, the BBC suggested it in 1969, WIRED in the mid-1980s, and the Wall Street Journal earlier this month. While I’ve certainly seen my filing cabinets dissipate over time, I still find myself jotting notes on paper, and being handed a stack of reports when I attend meetings. Is ink on paper just too good an interface to give up on?
For the definitive answer about the future, as always, we turn to Star Trek, which suggests that paper will be around a lot longer than you might suspect.