I was watching how How its Made on Quest and they had an item on filing cabinets. Seemingly we make more of these item than ever because the paperless office heralded by the PC never materialized was nothing more of a fantasy.
Which got me thinking about modern day fantasies, by modern I mean in my lifetime. Heres a couple of others.
Prior to joining the Common Market we were promise passport-less travel within the countries belonging to the body.
And my particular favorite :We're all in this together.
With current battery technology this really isn't going to happen, because the range of these cars just isn't good enough for anything like a standard commute, and battery recharge times are far too long on anything other than a cooker circuit.
Regarding the paperless office, I used to have a manager that printed off every email, and simply threw most of them away because she'd read them off the screen.
At work we receive a lot of tenders, many times these are a PDF file, but rather than emailing the PDF some customers print them out and fax them...
Recently I found it necessary to obtain a copy of my hospital records, I was eventually handed,after jumping through various hoops, a bundle of papers 3" thick.This was 15 months worth of records consisting of duplicates and triplicates. Paperless office, grow millions of more trees I say.
I hardly ever print anything, and almost all my correspondence now takes place via email. Important documents are attached as PDFs.
The problem is that lots of people are fixated on paper records - they take the view that printing a document is the best way of archiving it. That may be true in some contexts, but millions of bits of printed paper are needlessly generated each day. It isn't necessary to print everything, but people keep on doing it.