Sunday, November 14, 2010

Too much information

Last week’s Economist had a special report on smart systems and, inter alia, the enormous quantity of information generated: 
Estimates by IDC, a market-research firm, need to be taken with a pinch of salt, because they are sponsored by EMC, a maker of storage systems. But for what they are worth, they suggest that the “digital universe”—the amount of digital information created and replicated in a year—will increase to 35 zettabytes, or 35 trillion gigabytes—enough to fill a stack of DVDs reaching halfway to Mars.
And this is creepy:
Facebook users, by tagging friends in the pictures they upload, allow the service to recognise these people on other pictures.
Thanks a bunch, Facebook users.

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