Have you ever wondered the usefulness of copy and paste buttons in the keyboard of your computer?
You might have never thought of these buttons in a different way, but the reality is that they are highly beneficial in most of the tasks.
Life is full of tools and techniques you would otherwise take for granted. A world without the internet or computers may seem desolate now, but it was a reality only a few decades back. As we move into the future, we tend to forget the importance some seemingly insignificant tools bring to our life. If the web-based world had any such tool, it would have to be the copy and paste option.
The origins of the copy-and-paste option stretch back to the previous century when a company named Xerox was making some unbelievable advances in technology. Among-st these advances was the cut, copy and paste option, which was ingratiated into multiple text editors they had developed over the years.
Taking inspiration from Xerox, Apple became the first major tech giant to ingratiate this tool onto their platform. The Lisa in 1983 and Mackintosh in 1984 had the full functionality of the cut, copy and paste option. Other tech giants such as IBM and Microsoft later integrated this tool into their platform
But how would the tech world change without the copy-and-paste option? Here are a few potential scenarios in a world without the copy and paste option.
1. Data Entry Might Become One of the Most Lucrative Jobs in the World
In a world without the copy-and-paste option, major companies would need a number of data entry operators to transfer content from one place to another. In such a scenario, the fastest data entry operators would stand to earn much more than they would otherwise.
2. Plagiarism would Become Redundant
The copy and paste option have enabled the practice of plagiarism by allowing people to transfer content from one place to another in a matter of seconds. Without the existence of such an option, plagiarism would become much more difficult to execute and simply too time-consuming. In that scenario, only those who can write quality write-ups will survive.
3. Writers Might be Paid a Lot More
If plagiarism does fall, companies would become more willing to hire professional writers for unique content creation. The consistent generation of fresh and unique write-ups would become a priority as no one would be able to simply transfer any piece of writing heedlessly from one point to another. Writers will get a handsome amount and everybody will aspire to become a writer as compared to other jobs.
4. Content Might Become Much More Unique
Most of the content on the internet is essentially a derivative of some write-up posted somewhere else. If the copy-and-paste option does go away, people won’t be bothered enough to create derivative versions of the same content. Instead, writers would create fresh content with a new perspective from the ground up. In that case, readers will enjoy reading unique and captivating content on any topic under the sun.
5. Information Might Become a Luxury
If companies would spend a lion share of their capital to hire content writers, they logically wouldn’t provide content to readers online for free. Instead, a major proportion of online websites would provide content as a premium service. With all the benefits writers would enjoy with the absence of the copy-and-paste option, the users will ultimately be the losers as they won’t be able to access content with the freedom they do now. In that case, all the information will become a luxurious thing and the users would have to pay a hefty amount to access that.
To conclude, a world without copy-and-paste has its own benefits, but the liabilities far more dangerous. As we move into the next phase of the Information Age, a key challenge would be to the creation of fresh content and regulation of plagiarized content.