We process an amazing amount of data daily from news to technical specs to our friends status messages. Much of that data is irrelevant or will become so in the next day. Some predictions have it that we will generate about 4 exabytes of unique information this year alone. That is a 4 with 19 zeros after it. That is a huge load of data and tons of it is worthless for any time after the first day it is created.
However it is not enough. We are constantly researching new ways to process more information faster even now technology exists to push 14 trillion bits down a fiber optic cable probably more by the time I publish this.
I am reminded of the world that David Louis Edelman creates in the Jump 225 trilogy, a world based almost entirely on technology and the programming of tiny nanomachines that allow for modifications and improvements to the human body. Its not a terrible place just a place reliant on technology where we are constantly connected to the “Data Sea” as Edelman calls the evolved World Wide Web. While we are nowhere near the connectivity and technologic advancements present in the books we are increasingly bombarded with a multitude of mostly useless data: Imagine if we had an internet connection in our heads from the day we were say 3 or so what would change? can you imagine what would happen if an adult who had grown up with instant access to the internet built into their very thought processes suddenly lost connection?* There are benefits of course: you could learn almost anything merely by looking it up in your head, instant messaging conversations would be near instantaneous to anyone logged on to the Cloud collaboration would be a breeze.
I for one would be in favour of this technology but that’s because I read too much science fiction. The biggest concern for me would be the possibility of losing contact with the physical world and not having the knowledge needed to survive without our information cloud. And how to limit the use of it?
Just a thought…
*The Most Annoying Sound –Similar scenario
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