The Benefits And Challenges Of Superabundant Information
How do we manage the ever-growing amounts of digital information that are being produced today?
How do we manage the ever-growing amounts of digital information that are being produced today? In a recent article, The Economist explores this issue, and our modern situation of infinite information.
With digital information amassing at an exponential rate, we are awash in new opportunities and discoveries, but issues arise concerning storage, privacy and over-reliance on questionable data.
The Economist begins:
WHEN the Sloan Digital Sky Survey started work in 2000, its telescope in New Mexico collected more data in its first few weeks than had been amassed in the entire history of astronomy. Now, a decade later, its archive contains a whopping 140 terabytes of information. A successor, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, due to come on stream in Chile in 2016, will acquire that quantity of data every five days.