On June 30, 1975, BusinessWeek foretold of the paperless office. After a
century of tireless toil, traditional typewriters were finally bowing
to text-editing models. The future? A “collection of electronic
terminals linked.” The magazine dubbed Xerox and IBM as the chief
architects (no forbidden fruit until April 1976!). By 1990, the article
stated, most record-handling would be electronic with documents, mail
and messages accessible “by pressing a button.”
Fast forward to today. While a few multicolored file folders may still accessorize our desk, they certainly are less fat than they used to be. The continuum of swapping paper for electronic...