Blank Envelopes and Wireless Communications

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Wait til computers really take over! Bid farewell to blank envelopes! They'll be history. All those science fiction movies that depict a world taken over by computers show something really diabolical, but real life is at once more imaginative and less exciting (so far!). On the other hand, it's exactly that kind of a nightmare for those whose livelihoods have been lost on account of computer automation!

Now it's true that technology has always changed our lives, often in a most disruptive manner, and blank envelopes are often made overseas these days anyway - and even then, it will be machines that do the making. Whereas making paper was once a craft in its own right, it's all done automatically by machines now. But even these overseas workers will be thrown out of work soon enough thanks to all the wireless communications that's revolutionized just about every facet to how people interact.

Why write a letter and stick it in an envelope when e-mail and the like can transmit your message so much faster? Nothing to be printed out, no postage to fumble around for, and never a necessary wait on a response - never mind having to go out and do a drop-off at the nearest mailbox! Well, not unless one's corresponding with a sloth in Australia!

The need for blank envelopes is at an all-time low these days. The situation has gotten so that they are often hard to find, and one frequently has to resort to a specialty store in order to obtain some. And it's all due to the computer revolution that's totally changed just about every aspect of our lives. It's a far cry from the first envelopes found in Mesopotamia, which by our modern reckoning resemble pottery in practically every which way, made as they are of clay and requiring drying and even baking to be "sealed" - never mind the breaking necessary to be opened!

Changing technology has always changed our lives as a species. But it isn't often as visceral and immediate as those found in fiction. Hence, instead of space travel, the year 2001 (as opposed to the eponymous movie by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick) offers us the worldwide web; instead of moon bases, we USAF Predator and Reaper drones; instead of artificial intelligence, we get cell phones.

So no more blank envelopes. You can bet the family jewels that that will be the most dramatic impact of our advancing technology. People won't know what an envelope is in just another three or four generations!


Author Paul Wise recommends for blank envelopes and any other time you need to look good on paper!

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