Paperless-office Definition


The mythical office where computers and software have made paper unnecessary.


In 1975, Business Week magazine predicted that the office of the future would be entirely paperless due to the impact of computers, in general, and particularly, the personal computer.The thought was that information would be communicated electronically, and that paper would be redundant. During that time, many companies, such as Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, converted paper business records to microfilm or microfiche. Microfilm soon became obsolete, as computer systems, computer networks, and electronic storage technologies began to truly impact business operations in the office of the early 1980s. Paper mail gave way to facsimile and e-mail in the 1980s and 1990s. Many print magazines largely converted to electronic format. In truth, contemporary business and commerce would not exist as we know it (not to mention the forestlands that would have been turned into deserts due to the untold billions of trees that would have been ground into pulp), if we had not advanced beyond the paper office of the 1960s. However, we still print hard copies of electronic documents, and seem to consume more paper with each passing year. So much for the paperless office. See also lead balloon.

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