Date of prediction: 2014-02-18

Kevin Curran of the IEEE predicts the imminent death of the paper printer:

“The printer will be a thing of the past [and] there’ll be no need for hard copies,” Curran said. “The more time you spend online, the more at home you feel reading on tablets instead [where] everything can now be done virtually.”

Curran also noted the positives associated with the digital convergence of information, in that it will be more economically friendly and won’t require as much tree harvesting or shipping.

(The Inquirer:
The paper printer will be dead in four years, says IEEE)

He also thinks that 3D printing will not make up for the decline.