An article published a few weeks ago suggests that as there is so much data in the world, we may have to invent ever-larger storage systems.
The article explains that not too long ago, a gigabyte was seen as a huge amount of data to have on your computer. With the increasingly online technological world, terabytes are increasingly common data units, along with petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes. And then there’s yottabytes – “The largest current number with a recognised designated prefix is a ‘yotta’ – a digit with 24 zeroes”. The problem is, that once yottabytes are the commonplace label for data volumes, there isn’t, as yet, a named number to describe the sheer amount of data that our online community is rapidly starting to approach in size.
So, what do you think? Is this a problem that we should start to be concerned about as an online community?