Information Overload

By on November 10, 2003

At some point we all thought that the Internet would be the ultimate solution for learning everything about everything we ever had an interest in. Guess again. The amount of information being added every year is far beyond what we could keep up with.

UC Berkeley has completed a project to determine how much information is added to the world’s data stores every year. The ability to store written material on hard drives instead of paper has greatly increased the amount of information we store.

Print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media produced about 5 exabytes of new information in 2002. Ninety-two percent of the new information was stored on magnetic media, mostly in hard disks. […]

How big is five exabytes? If digitized, the nineteen million books and other print collections in the Library of Congress would contain about ten terabytes of information; five exabytes of information is equivalent in size to the information contained in half a million new libraries the size of the Library of Congress print collections.

I didn’t read this in it’s entirety, but a quick glance presents some very interesting numbers. Considering 1GB drives were considered LARGE just a few of years ago, trying to comprehend an exabyte of data is mind boggling.

Via Rebecca’s Pocket