You’ve probably heard the statistic: By the year 2020, gigabytes will outnumber humans 5,200:1. Usually accompanying this breathless warning is a Friedmanian mixed metaphor representing the infinite: grains of sand, haystacks, stars in the universe, craft beers, Brett Favre interceptions, you name it.
In this age of information, simply going about our daily routines means creating and collecting a staggering amount of data.
In just a few years, we’ve broadly accepted the notion that accumulating and storing all this data (instead of deleting it) is tremendously valuable. But with so much of it, we’re now worried we won’t be able to capture all of its value.
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