Thanks for your important question. I assume that the aliens are smarter than us, because they found us first. It is still doubtful, however, that they will be technologically advanced enough to achieve a paperless existence, which is just one step below pure thought and/or worshiping nuclear weaponry. The question then turns on whether these are normal aliens, or whaliens. To put it another way, in the future, every whale will be a stapler for 15 minutes, and vice versa.