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8th Jun '16 3:57:00 PM FredTheFourth
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* At Adobe Systems in the mid-90s, it was common to see charts on office walls showing the massive increase in paper use, coinciding with the advent of the "paperless office" meme. Hello, "Desktop Publishing"! Most folk do not understand how important paper and ink profits were to the companies that made copiers and printers. Sales people were often called "tonerheads" for this reason.
12th May '16 11:24:47 AM phildonnia
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* In ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders'', you can use your cash card to send away a panhandler at the airport. This results in a "beep" and a debit of ten dollars.
8th May '16 1:36:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* Most of the paperlessness of J. D. Robb's ''InDeath'' novels, set in the late 2050s and early 2060s, is fairly reasonable: paper is available but is not commonly used, having been replaced by the convenience of electronic media, and some characters still prefer paper books to electronic readers. However, paper money and coinage have been entirely replaced by credit... and since this includes small "credit chips" that apparently have the ''exact function and appearance'' of metal coins, one wonders why Robb bothered.

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* Most of the paperlessness of J. D. Robb's ''InDeath'' ''Literature/InDeath'' novels, set in the late 2050s and early 2060s, is fairly reasonable: paper is available but is not commonly used, having been replaced by the convenience of electronic media, and some characters still prefer paper books to electronic readers. However, paper money and coinage have been entirely replaced by credit... and since this includes small "credit chips" that apparently have the ''exact function and appearance'' of metal coins, one wonders why Robb bothered.
13th Apr '16 1:21:56 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Averted in the 2007 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', which has paper printouts (from a dot matrix printer, no less) aboard the ship. This is to be expected, as the ''Galactica'' is a relatively primitive old workhorse, not one of the sleek new state-of-the-art line ships like ''Pegasus''. It's also a security measure that makes it harder for the Cylons to hack their systems and steal their intel. As a token gesture to futureness or alienness, all sheets are octagonal. (The "cut corners" are a [[MythologyGag reference]] to the original ''Battlestar Galactica''.)
** Adama also has a large collection of printed books - close examination reveals that many of them are actually copies of the ''Reader's Digest Condensed Books'' series that used to be popular in the 1970s.
** In the spinoff ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', ordinary paper is commonplace but people also frequently use devices called e-sheets. These super-thin PDA like devices feature touchscreens, can be folded like paper sheets, used to take notes, leave messages and send e-mails and are apparently quite cheap. Their absence in ''BSG'' could be explained by the backlash against computer technology (especially in the military) that took place after [[RobotWar the first Cylon War]].
* Avoided by ''Series/BabylonFive'', where paper's still around in the 2200s. See the quote at the top. Cash also exists; while it's not clear whether the Earth Alliance credit has cash denominations (on one hand, they're never seen, and on the other, shady dealings ''do'' occur in terms of credits), the Centauri Ducat consists at least of coins, and is thus preferred for shady transactions. Quite a bit of the show's {{Call Backs}} and {{Foreshadowing}} come in the form of headlines on newspapers characters are reading.
** One episode shows where all the newspapers people read on the station come from. Kiosks print off newspapers tailored to the readers' interests on-demand, and the previous day's newspaper is fed into the same machine for recycling.

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* Averted in the 2007 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', which has paper printouts (from a dot matrix printer, no less) aboard the ship. This ''Series/BabylonFive'' does have paper, but is to be expected, as the ''Galactica'' is a relatively primitive old workhorse, not one of the sleek new state-of-the-art line ships like ''Pegasus''. It's also a security measure that makes it harder for the Cylons to hack their systems and steal their intel. As a token gesture to futureness or alienness, all sheets are octagonal. (The "cut corners" are a [[MythologyGag reference]] to the original ''Battlestar Galactica''.)
** Adama also has a large collection of printed books - close examination reveals that many of them are actually copies of the ''Reader's Digest Condensed Books'' series that used to be popular in the 1970s.
** In the spinoff ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', ordinary paper is commonplace but people also
more frequently use devices called e-sheets. These super-thin PDA like devices feature touchscreens, can be folded like paper sheets, shows characters holding transparencies of the type used to take notes, leave messages and send e-mails and are apparently quite cheap. Their absence in ''BSG'' could be explained by the backlash against computer technology (especially in the military) on overhead projectors that took place after [[RobotWar the first Cylon War]].
* Avoided by ''Series/BabylonFive'', where paper's still around in the 2200s. See the quote at the top. Cash also exists; while it's not clear whether the Earth Alliance credit has cash denominations (on one hand, they're
need to be placed on a lighted table to read. Paper currency is never seen, and on the other, shady dealings ''do'' occur in terms of credits), but the Centauri Ducat consists at least of coins, and is thus preferred for shady transactions. Quite a bit of the show's {{Call Backs}} and {{Foreshadowing}} come in the form of headlines on Paper newspapers characters are reading.
** One
occasionally seen, which one episode shows where all the newspapers people read on the station come from. Kiosks print showing that a kiosks prints off newspapers tailored to the readers' interests on-demand, and the previous day's newspaper is fed into the same machine for recycling.



** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', e-books rule the day, except for Picard's prized printed edition of Shakespeare, which takes pride of place in his office.
*** Other characters are seen enjoying printed books on occasion with the implication that collecting printed books is a sort of hobby like antiquing. Some of the expanded universe novels indicated that books are commonly replicated ''just'' because people like them.
*** They seem to think that it's futuristic to avoid paper and have data on handheld pads. Yet no one thought of simply filing the information and let people call it up - like we do today, rather than hand deliver a pad for every trivial piece of information.

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** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', e-books rule the day, except for Picard's prized printed edition of Shakespeare, which takes pride of place in his office.
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office. Other characters are seen enjoying printed books on occasion with the implication that collecting printed books is a sort of hobby like antiquing. Some of the expanded universe novels indicated that books are commonly replicated ''just'' because people like them.
*** They seem to think that it's futuristic to avoid paper and have data on handheld pads. Yet no one thought of simply filing the information and let people call it up - like we do today, rather than hand deliver a pad for every trivial piece of information.



** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Averted in an episode where Chaoktay falls in love with an alien whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is that they don't leave lasting memories (they have a biochemistry that makes memories fade and a computer virus which erases computer records). Chakotay writes out his experiences on paper so it won't be erased.

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** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Averted in an episode where Chaoktay falls in love with an alien whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is that they don't leave lasting memories (they have a biochemistry that makes memories fade and a computer virus which that erases computer records). Chakotay writes out his experiences on paper so it won't be erased.
3rd Mar '16 10:18:08 AM eroock
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->''Every time someone says we're becoming a paperless society, I get ten more forms to fill out.''

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->''Every ->''"Every time someone says we're becoming a paperless society, I get ten more forms to fill out.''"''
14th Feb '16 3:12:56 AM Smeagol17
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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...)

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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.
12th Feb '16 10:33:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Although their own NoPaperFuture happened 50,000 years in the past, the Protheans fully embraced this trope, storing both their memories and information on crystals, OrganicTechnology or even ''[[UnusualUserInterface water]]'' which they accessed with their empathic abilities. Javik even dislikes datapads for how "primitive" the technology is compared to what he's used to.

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** Although their own NoPaperFuture No-Paper Future happened 50,000 years in the past, the Protheans fully embraced this trope, storing both their memories and information on crystals, OrganicTechnology or even ''[[UnusualUserInterface water]]'' which they accessed with their empathic abilities. Javik even dislikes datapads for how "primitive" the technology is compared to what he's used to.
19th Oct '15 8:31:10 PM GoldenSeals
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** [[LandDownunder Australia]] and UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} have already eliminated paper money... in favor of plastic banknotes. [[CanadaEh Canada]] also plans to do so starting in late 2011.
*** It was never actually made of paper anyway: money is made of cloth - paper just tears too easily.
** HongKong did this, but only with the $10 [[http://www.banknotenews.com/files/8d2f5e98b93a7fef4e43cc0912b02ee4-334.php note]] (That white part is actually a clear plastic window on the real thing). It's less popular than the $10 ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_ten-dollar_coin coin]]'', because most machines won't take it.
** Israel has been using 20 NIS notes made of plastic for several years now. The change to all-plastic bills is rumoured to occur in 2012, though it's been delayed repeatedly several times so far.
** Mexico likewise has had plastic bills with little transparent windows to show off the fact that it's plastic for a while now. Paper ones are presumably still legal tender, but they're being phased out by banks and other government-friendly institutions.

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** [[LandDownunder Australia]] and UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} have already eliminated Money was never really paper money... in favor to begin with - most banknotes are made of cloth. Several countries have gone a step further and introduced plastic banknotes. [[CanadaEh Canada]] also plans to do so starting in late 2011.
*** It was never actually made of paper anyway: money is made of cloth - paper just tears too easily.
** HongKong did this, but only with the $10 [[http://www.banknotenews.com/files/8d2f5e98b93a7fef4e43cc0912b02ee4-334.php note]] (That white part is actually a clear plastic window on the real thing). It's less popular than the $10 ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_ten-dollar_coin coin]]'', because most machines won't take it.
** Israel has been using 20 NIS notes made of plastic for several years now. The change to all-plastic bills is rumoured to occur in 2012, though it's been delayed repeatedly several times so far.
** Mexico likewise has had plastic bills with little
Some even have transparent windows bits to show off the fact you that it's plastic for a while now. Paper ones are presumably still legal tender, but they're being phased out by banks and other government-friendly institutions.not paper.
7th Sep '15 11:06:37 AM nombretomado
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** The trope is played absolutely straight in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''NewJediOrder: Refugee''. Requesting access to a Chiss library to find a specific world, the characters are shown shelves of objects described in the most absolutely vague terms--shaped like a brick, etc. After puzzling over it for a moment, wondering if it's some kind of [[Franchise/StarTrek PADD]] or digital display, another character flips open the cover, showing the object to be a book. They are absolutely baffled--not at the concept of a book, but in storing information in a system that is so hard to search. Once informed of the benefits (a power outage will not cut off information access, just for example), they gradually adapt, though they still find it a mind-numbing task to search.

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** The trope is played absolutely straight in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''NewJediOrder: ''Literature/NewJediOrder: Refugee''. Requesting access to a Chiss library to find a specific world, the characters are shown shelves of objects described in the most absolutely vague terms--shaped like a brick, etc. After puzzling over it for a moment, wondering if it's some kind of [[Franchise/StarTrek PADD]] or digital display, another character flips open the cover, showing the object to be a book. They are absolutely baffled--not at the concept of a book, but in storing information in a system that is so hard to search. Once informed of the benefits (a power outage will not cut off information access, just for example), they gradually adapt, though they still find it a mind-numbing task to search.
21st Aug '15 7:07:46 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/AlmostHuman'': Paper is, for the most part, not used in 2048. Screens are everywhere, and virtual post-it notes replace the real thing. [[Creator/KarlUrban Kennex]] is once shown writing on something and then mimicking a throwing gesture at a virtual wall, causing a colorful post-it to appear on it.
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