Defining a Data Deluge

From overflowing inboxes to portable players brimming with music, the amounts of data in the world are increasing. Martin Hilbert, co-author of a paper in the journal Science on the tidal wave of information, says that in 2007, humanity was able to store some 295 exabytes of information, but that’s just a pittance compared with the amounts of data stored in the natural world.

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