Re: Paperless

Subject: Re: Paperless
From: mpriestley -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 11:22:25 EST

Timothy Schablin writes:

>Paper has been around before electricity. So energy isn't necessarily
>needed to make paper. Why do so many people want a paperless world and a
>100% energy depedant world?

So banks should go back to ledger books and doing calculations by hand?
Remind me to inform your payroll department.

This isn't an arbitrary push. Information in electronic form has distinct
advantages over paper. It also has disadvantages, but with the existing
and increasing prevalence of computers and networks, these disadvantages
become less important, while the advantages become more so.

>( Think about the pyramids. What would it take to build one today. The
>Egyptions built them with no energy. )

All it takes is a mad dictator with absolute power of life and death over a
large population. That's all it took then, that's all it would take today.
Not sure what this has to do with electronic information, though.

Michael Priestley
mpriestley -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
Disclaimer: speaking on my own behalf, not IBM's.

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