Digital life span

Digital life span

Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and an Internet pioneer, has warned that we could lose a large part of our collective history through over-reliance on digital technologies. Actually, this is a problem that we’ve known about for several decades. The television industry has already had to deal with the difficulty of archiving its history. It’s hard enough to store old video tapes but they’re useless without the relevant video players.

The same problem will affect digital photographs, videos and every kind of document, as well as all those magazines that now only exist as websites, and just about every aspect of our modern lives. The only option is to keep multiple copies using different technologies and hope that one of them stays relevant.

But it’s worth noting that so far paper has proven to be one of the longest-surviving archival formats. Go figure…





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