The United States is moving toward a paperless future as its economy slows and its workforce shrinks, and some companies are already thinking about the next generation of printers, according to a new report.
As Americans age and become more mobile, it’s becoming more likely they will print and scan paper, said Peter T. Riedel, vice president of the Center for Information and Communications Technology at the University of Southern California.
The paperless revolution, which was first championed by the likes of Google and Microsoft in the 1990s, is a natural extension of the technology companies pioneered in the late 20th century, he said.
While it’s not a perfect solution, “it’s a great one to have,” he said of a paperprinting revolution.
The U.S. Postal Service is planning to roll out the next-generation printing system that will use ink and other printing materials that can be used to print paper or text in less than 10 seconds.
The service is already using paper for stamps and other small items, and it’s also experimenting with the idea of turning paper into a digital printout.
But the agency said it’s in the process of designing a new system for printing documents, so the paper is not a requirement for use in the new system.
The company that is designing the new technology, Inkscape, will begin testing it with the U.K. government in the coming months.
But the U,S.
and European Union are already planning to use paper in new applications.
The United Kingdom has already said it plans to start using paper as a printing material for paper towels and envelopes.
The U.N. is also exploring using paper to print maps and other documents.
The paperless printing revolution has not been a perfect one.
The printing technology industry is in a slump because of declining paper shipments, falling prices for ink and shrinking margins, and a shortage of ink cartridges, according a recent report from the Pew Research Center.
But some of those issues have eased in recent years, and the U is on the cusp of seeing its paper supply increase again as the economy rebounds.
The country has been printing more than 20 million pieces of paper per day since the end of 2011, the Pew report said.
The pace of that growth has slowed dramatically in recent months as printing costs and the economic downturn have put a dent in the industry.
The market for paper is expected to grow about 10% annually through the year 2020, and U.s. printer orders are expected to rise 8% in that time, according the Pew survey.