(link dead, sorry)
mentions the growing piles of dead media and says:
Curiously, the apex of lost media is in our own era. The problem
cannot get worse than it is. The irony is that this is an era where
unprecedented technological revolutions are taking place, and yet
we're losing important information. This has to be as tragic as
the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria around 47 BC.
There is a bright spot, though. We also have a lot
of very living media on the web, and a lot of that has been
archived by various projects, or just duplicated by cross-referencing
and even theft. But John's column made me wonder how long it
will be before storage technology settles into the "one method".
At some point we reach the limitations of physics: we can't
pack it any tighter, can't read or write it any faster. At that
point, there is no more innovation or change. You might argue
that you never really know when you have reached those limits
because basic theories could be dead wrong, but that just moves
the argument: somewhere, sometime, the theories are correct, the
universe really does work this way, and you can't do more than
what the theory says are the limits.
But it's probably going to happen before that.
"Good enough" is probably not something we're quite in site of
yet, but I don't think it's all that far away. In the personal
computer market, let's say you could be connected to a few terabytes
of your own data and that you never had to wait more than a fraction
of a second to get any of it. That's probably more than enough,
and you could start to see standardization that would lock in
that technology for many, many years. Maybe it wouldn't even
take that much, but whatever it takes is not likely to be banging
at the doors of theoretical limits.
Or maybe I'm wrong. Maybe we will always need more and more, and
will not see stability until we reach the real limits. I don't think
so, but I might just live long enough to find out.
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