Just browsing the web I found some interesting research on “how” will be or should be the future of “paper”.
“Paper continues to exist in large volumes in spite of futuristic predictions of a ‘paperless world’. It persists along the edges of a digital organization – in communication between organizations and between organizations and their customers. The affable nature of paper makes it widely accepted, highly affordable, technology agnostic and unplugged. However, the disconnect between paper and digital systems leads to inefficiencies in large enterprises.” (from HP labs, Bangalore).
How could the connection be between paper and digital System? Do we need a new set of technologies to enable to enable seamless co-existence of paper in a digital enterprise?
I think so: we need new technologies, and, for my project, the core technology concepts include the mash ups of information coming from several sources and (of course) connectable to paper elements. The static elements of a paper document could be a seed for a mash up, and it will be synchronized with electronic content and somehow with an electronic counterpart (files, pictures, images, whatever…), that hopefully could enhance the static content and make it more readable and rich of information!
Do you think it’s a strange idea?