a paperless world

@savypat (20246)
United States
November 19, 2011 3:19pm CST
This is about the first days that computers were introduced into the general business world. I remember it so well. I was a manager and had to convince my workers that computers were the way of the future. We were told all paper would disapear and everything would be on computers. I had occasion to get a good look at this same business, banking, and not only was the computer in use but guess what it was doing? Creating about 3 times as many papers that would have been needed before we ever had the computer. I do understand that the world of business has become much more complicated. But the basics are the same I give the bank my money and they use it, during that time they pay me a fee, called interest. When I take my money out I spend it on products. This hasn't changed just become more bound up in paper work to protect me, the bank and of course the IRS. Ok so this is a rant.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
19 Nov 11
I can remember just before computers really hit the market I did a night typing course, on a typewriter, oh how different it was, feeding the paper into the machine and when you wanted more than one copy putting carbon paper between the sheets of paper and using white out when you make a mistake, thank heavens for computers...
20 Nov 11
I did exactly the same as you, Lila! Typewriters were a pain, especially when I had to lug one around on the bus for my course! I much prefer computers and laptop for word processing! Nothing seems to be as messy and complicated as it used to be!
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
19 Nov 11
I remember when they said that but I have as much paper as ever. I don't sign up for e-bills because most of them want to debit my account on their schedule and I won't let anyone have access to my money. Then if I do pay online I have to keep confirmation numbers and documentation because they make mistakes. Even my paper bills I keep for the exact same reason. I'm swimming in paper I'm afraid to throw away! Computers break down, they get wiped, they get viruses that corrupt information. I'd rather have paper anyway.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
19 Nov 11
I work in an industry where we document anything and everything we make. Screws would have paperwork, metals would have paperwork, processes to fabricate and assemble them together would have paperwork. They should be readily available when a customer needs it. And then we have to save all these paperwork in a computer/database, so they could also be available as soft copies. So, in all, I agree with you that although computers were meant to make life easy, in some cases they've actually just doubled the work.
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@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
19 Nov 11
Hello there... I agree, yes sometimes the no of printouts that we take are more than required. I remember, once for a print out which amounted to two papers, I had to scrap 10 papers because the print came wrong 5 times... Yes, we are consuming more papers through our carelessness, but the speed has increased, isn't it??? The work on computer is faster... A printed sheet always looks neater and better than a hand-written piece... I think, with a little more care towards it, we can control the amount of paper that is being wasted... :)
@savypat (20246)
• United States
21 Nov 11
For sure the world is moving faster, but does that make it better? Now that's hte questions isn't it?
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@taheraa (1547)
• Giza, Egypt
20 Nov 11
Hi, savypat: After many years that computer were introduced into the general business world, we heard about the paperless revolution, that will be cover all our Companies, Banks, Mail offices and as will as all other authorities. But that not completely happened. But we see all, that computer facilitate our work and get it done as easy way as we do not happened before. Also my understand, if we have a good planning, perfect computer network between all employees including the management, we can get the less paper handling as possible as we can.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
20 Nov 11
For me yes it is the result of high technology way of life.
@lijoos (346)
• India
20 Nov 11
its not so far..its realy happening. and i love that..because it helps the environment. no paper...is not a dream.its going to realise.
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
20 Nov 11
It's not actually paperless We still to need to print out those we entered into the computer whenever we need to make submit our reports. But then unlike in the past, everything must be in paper. At least today it has been lessened.
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@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
20 Nov 11
Yes, we need paper copies in case the computer has a problem, and duplicates of the paper copies so that everyone can have their own, and for whatever other reason. We also create a greater variety of documents that we can copy now, so we can have a lot of fun copying them.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
20 Nov 11
It does sound a bit more complicated when you put it that way. Perhaps we should have stuck with the paper.
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@Bluedoll (17068)
• Canada
19 Nov 11
Welcome to the information age. You will be seeing many new job creations in the high tech sector. Welcome to more productivity and a four day work week. Has this come true? Perhaps, or even better, even shorter work weeks with more time for recreational activities only they didn't tell you, you wouldn't have any money to enjoy it with! Also a rant.
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@petersum (4526)
• United States
19 Nov 11
Computers were supposed to make great changes in our lives, and for a very short period in the early eighties, they almost did! But somewhere along the line, things started to change - the computer became a toy. Oh, a lot of people object to me calling computers toys. No, we have to follow Bill Gates - it's "an entertainment platform". And that is the problem in a nutshell, the great tool became a toy. So what do you expect? Banking and most other businesses haven't changed at all. To see where computers could have taken us, see the movie "Electric Dreams". The old computer in that, with all it's external gadgets was actually real - although those computers didn't have a mind of their own as in the movie.
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@garson (886)
• United States
28 Nov 11
Well, I can see myself using less and less paper nowadays. I can use notepad or wordpad if I want to take a note on something. Pen is also getting used less and less. One would use it to sign and write checks. Papers today are used to print out important documents or any documents for reviewed.
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@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
24 Nov 11
Well, so much for a paperless world. LOL. I know exactly what you're saying. What does not make sense is that there really is no need for paper except for a paper hard copy to file incase the computers go down. It's all about money, always has and always will be.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Nov 11
Though it hasn't happened yet, I honestly do think that we are eventually going to live in a world where paper is not used. I personally have not opted to go with any kind of paperless billing because I personally am afraid that I would forget to pay some of my bills. But, I do see that many of the schools are moving to using laptops or iPads for the student's work instead of using textbooks and papers/pens.
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Nov 11
hi savy pat I love my computer and keyboard compared to my first electric typewriter and making carbon copies. oh I rebelled when I gfot my first computer in my early fities and told my son oh I dont need to browse the net. oh yeah. well he showed me how, got us both on the internet and oh my I was hooked. information city. I am a diabetic and can follow new meds, and new finds, even get recipes for diabetics. Info on anything,health, wealth, the world, business its all there at the touch of your finger tips. I was a middle aged net work junkie and at 85 still am totally addicted to the net and to mylot and my computer. oh paperwork. I will never forget when I was discharged from Care house after being there for physical therapy and learning how to use my artificial shoulder joint,I had to see my orthopedic doctor. oh my G fifteen pages of medical history I had to fill in and after awhile I was still not completely healed I got my son to take over filling in the blanks as I fed him the information.thinking all the times would this not be simpler on a computer.hurray for the internet and apox on all that extra paperwork. comuterize it[
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@lovedude (4456)
• India
21 Nov 11
well.. I have seen computer first time when I was in 6th standard.. we were using it to play mario.. hahaha.. but really it's very useful for paperless world.. though it's tough to trust on machine than hand writing in some cases, that's why still we are not seeing paperless world..
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