Friday, February 2, 2018
For older Americans, especially those who are lawyers, accountants and other types of office workers, a Xerox machine was a workplace staple just like file cabinets, Wite-Out and the proverbial watercooler. It was such a ubiquitous part of the typical office environment that everyone used the name Xerox as a verb to mean "photocopy" just like everyone today uses Google to mean "internet search." But that came to an abrupt end today as the Xerox corporation was purchased by Fujifilm Holdings of Japan and thus will cease to exist as a separate entity. Henceforth, to "Xerox" something enters the realm of archaic expressions that will likely only turn up in crossword puzzles, trivia contests and the game show Jeopardy. It's an opportunity to reflect on the ethereal nature of technology and how the ones we take for granted today because they are so ubiquitous will in all likelihood be replaced by something completely unexpected. And it'll happen much sooner than we think. Even the venerable Google will likely one day go the way of telegrams and transistor radios though that may seem hard to picture right now.
Read all about the end of the Xerox era at the New York Times here.