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The Amount of Information -- Abundance
by Wyatt Bell | 2012/02/22 |

In today's Wall Street Journal a review by Michael Shermer of a new book entitled, "Abundance, The Future is Better Than You Think", by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler gives a glimpse of the information being generated by the human race.      

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"If every image made and every word written from the earliest stirring of civilization to the year 2003 were converted to digital information, the total would come to five exabytes. An exabyte is one quintillion bytes, or one billion gigabytes—or just think of it as the number one followed by 18 zeros."

"That's a lot of digital data, but it's nothing compared with what happened from 2003 through 2010: We created five exabytes of digital information every two days. Get ready for what's coming: By next year, we'll be producing five exabytes every 10 minutes."

"How much information is that? The total for 2010 of 912 exabytes is the equivalent of 18 times the amount of information contained in all the books ever written. The world is not just changing, and the change is not just accelerating; the rate of the acceleration of change is itself accelerating."

"Technology has the potential not only to spread ever more information but to solve some of humanity's most vexing problems"

This sounds like a pretty interesting read. Of course, the other side of the argument is that such vast amounts of data leads to entropy or an eventual chaotic state.

The debate will go on as we build towards whichever eventual outcome.




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Entropy or opportunity?
No matter how you look at it, one thing is certain: the world is gonna need more abstractors... of one kind or another.  
by Bill Garrett | 2012/03/20 | log in or register to post a reply
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