History Main / NoPaperFuture

13th Apr '17 10:19:50 AM DaNuke
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Another way to tell it's the future is to make money 'weird', if not get rid of it. This is a JustifiedTrope at this point, since now many some of us really ''do'' pay with cards for any sizable amount of money when possible ([[CreditCardPlot and preferable]]). For now it's still more practical to bring money for smaller transactions, to save the 20 or 30 seconds to sign a receipt or key PIN; yet even now, swipe-and-go smart cards that can be much ''faster'' than handling messy physical change are spreading.

This whole trope presumes the complete elimination of the BlackMarket or illegal transactions, as, obviously, drug dealers are not going to be interested in transactions that leave a paper data trail. Ditto for people arranging transactions to evade or avoid taxes or purchase something they'd [[PornStash rather not admit to]]; cash has no trail, electronic money does. But then the government decides how money is done, so who cares about the criminals? (Let's not dwell on the obvious answer to that question which is shown every time a news''paper'' presents news about political scandals involving large bribes...) Also, they can use a cryptocurency like Bitcoin.

to:

Another way to tell it's the future is to make money 'weird', if not get rid of it. This is a JustifiedTrope at this point, in the United States and a few other First World countries, since now many some of us really ''do'' pay with cards for any sizable amount of money when possible ([[CreditCardPlot and preferable]]). For now it's still more practical to bring money for smaller transactions, to save the 20 or 30 seconds to sign a receipt or key PIN; yet even now, swipe-and-go smart cards that can be much ''faster'' than handling messy physical change are spreading.

This whole trope presumes the complete elimination of the BlackMarket or illegal transactions, as, obviously, drug dealers are not going to be interested in transactions that leave a paper data trail. Ditto for people arranging transactions to evade or avoid taxes or purchase something they'd [[PornStash rather not admit to]]; cash has no trail, electronic money does. But then the government decides how money is done, so who cares about the criminals? (Let's not dwell on the obvious answer to that question which is shown every time a news''paper'' presents news about political scandals involving large bribes...) Also, Though on the other hand, they can use a cryptocurency like Bitcoin.
2nd Feb '17 12:26:43 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode ''The Muse'' Jake Sisko is encouraged by an alien entity to write on paper (something which he said he'd never done). The alien also gives him what appears to be a nib pen which she said was used by another famous writer. It's odd that, in the 24th century, a teenager would even know ''how'' to write with a nib pen considering, even in the 21st century, ''very'' few people would know how to write with one.

to:

** In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode ''The Muse'' Jake Sisko is encouraged by an alien entity to write on paper (something which he Jake said he'd never done). The alien also gives him what appears to be a nib pen which she said was used by another famous writer. It's odd that, in the 24th century, a teenager would even know ''how'' to write with a nib pen considering, even in the 21st century, ''very'' few people would know how to write with one.
9th Jan '17 5:53:59 PM lalalei2001
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'', Seto Kaiba uses a completely virtual deck, while Yugi still uses physical cards.
13th Dec '16 4:43:11 PM Tightwire
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Wasteland2}} uses Scrap as currency. In fact, the picture for scrap is... a pile of scrap. You get it off all human enemies. There is no form of cash; people are flat-out trading with raw materials.

to:

* {{Wasteland2}} uses Scrap as currency.completely inverts this trope. People don't use paper money, they use Scrap. In fact, the picture for scrap is... a pile of scrap. You get it off all human enemies. There is no form of cash; It's a CrapsackWorld so bad that people are flat-out trading with raw materials.materials, even though it's treated exactly like currency.
13th Dec '16 4:39:42 PM Tightwire
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', paper money has been supplanted by a global electronic currency, credits, which is mostly seen on physical chits. Otherwise, paper hasn't gone anywhere - there are a lot of newspapers and books in the game world, though ''notepads'' have gone the way of dinosaurs, entirely replaced with datapads.



* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'', the Omnitopia biome uses "credits" as its currency instead of paper money, though the whole game technically doesn't use paper money since Talons, Jewels and Gold are not paper either.
* {{Wasteland2}} uses Scrap as currency. In fact, the picture for scrap is... a pile of scrap. You get it off all human enemies. There is no form of cash; people are flat-out trading with raw materials.



* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', paper money has been supplanted by a global electronic currency, credits, which is mostly seen on physical chits. Otherwise, paper hasn't gone anywhere - there are a lot of newspapers and books in the game world, though ''notepads'' have gone the way of dinosaurs, entirely replaced with datapads.
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'', the Omnitopia biome uses "credits" as its currency instead of paper money, though the whole game technically doesn't use paper money since Talons, Jewels and Gold are not paper either.
11th Dec '16 10:51:22 AM zarpaulus
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the 1950s short story "Business as Usual in Times of Transition" a department store trying to adapt to the sudden introduction of {{Matter Replicator}}s stops accepting cash after a customer duplicates a large pile of bills and uses them as cigar lighters. Instead they hand out credit cards (at the time of writing issued by and only usable with specific retailers) to everyone.



* On most civilized planets in ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' transactions tend to be electronic. And physical Imperial Credit banknotes on the worlds that use them are made of plastic too.

to:

* On most civilized planets in ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' transactions tend to be electronic. And physical Imperial Credit banknotes on the worlds that use them are made of plastic too. Though, due to the complications of interstellar banking without a SubspaceAnsible most spacers carry cash, or trade goods, preferably ones that will be more valuable at their destination.
8th Dec '16 6:49:26 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} [[http://numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=13953 actually considers the bold move of ditching paper money]].
* During the 2008 housing recession, many news papers went out of business, with most cities only having one or two active newspapers lines, and many paper companies still have trouble as many people didn't resubscribe when the economy improved. The WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond example above may prove to be correct.

to:

* UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} [[http://numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=13953 actually considers the bold move of ditching paper money]].
money.]]
* During the 2008 housing recession, many news papers went out of business, with most cities only having one or two active newspapers lines, and many paper companies still have trouble as many people didn't resubscribe when the economy improved. The WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' example above may prove to be correct.
8th Dec '16 6:48:33 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' features a future mostly devoid of paperwork and money, with "cred cards" as the standard form of currency. The spinoff series, WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject, has the titular robot equipped with a card that can generate unlimited money, which often becomes a plot point.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' features a future mostly devoid of paperwork and money, with "cred cards" as the standard form of currency. The spinoff series, WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject, ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', has the titular robot equipped with a card that can generate unlimited money, which often becomes a plot point.
8th Dec '16 6:47:53 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there are paper books in Kasumi's room, which she rather embarrassed about. Not because this is considered old fashioned, but because they're cheap [[RomanceNovel romance novels]].

to:

** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there are paper books in Kasumi's room, which she is rather embarrassed about. Not because this is considered old fashioned, but because they're cheap [[RomanceNovel romance novels]].
8th Dec '16 6:46:55 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* "ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}" had a Sunday strip several years ago, entitled something like "Three More Signs of a Paperless Economy." The kicker? The third panel shows a bathroom stall with a monitor showing an image of a roll of toilet paper!

to:

* "ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}" ''ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}'' had a Sunday strip several years ago, entitled something like "Three More Signs of a Paperless Economy." The kicker? The third panel shows a bathroom stall with a monitor showing an image of a roll of toilet paper!
This list shows the last 10 events of 67. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.NoPaperFuture