The Electronic 'Newspapers' of the Future

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SOMETIME in the next century, the familiar early-morning "plop" of the newspaper on the front lawn or driveway will be a memory.

You'll get up, turn off the alarm, and then turn on the newspaper. A soft voice will read the latest events from around the world, preprogrammed to find the type of news you have selected, in a voice of your choice.

Looking for a good French restaurant? Pick up your electronic slate and browse through the restaurant ads. The paper will read you the menu, list the day's specials, and even call up and make a reservation for you.

Want more information on a news story? With a touch, the entire text appears. You can save it in your own personal computer file or fax it to 10,000 of your friends. Miss the latest TV news? Touch a photo on your paper, and video begins to roll.

Want to buy a car from the classified advertisements? The news association, formerly your newspaper, will make an appointment for you.

These are just some of the predictions from laboratories around the nation, where visionaries are working to develop the newspaper of the future. If they're right, big changes in the way people get information are coming. …