Watching reruns of Cosmos, I remember seeing this one episode in which Carl Sagan explained the wonder that existed in the ancient L=library of Alexandria . The largest and most expansive library/research institute on the face of planet earth (at the time).
Now, at this particular point in time, we are witnessing a shift from paper based mechanisms of documenting information (books) to electronic format (web, kindle, other tablets, computers e.t.c). So, it’s fair to assume that there will probably be a thriving market for books in it’s physical format for the next little while (Say another decade). But as the pace of innovation and technological advancement in general, picks up, I wonder if paper based books would become an antique. Just like the books replaced the scrolls back in the days.
That itself is not an issue for me per say. But having all the world’s knowledge tucked away in servers, for one disruption to wipe it all away. That could be a zero-day vulnerability or a powerful solar storm to wipe it all away. And this is not the Business Continuity Analyst in me talking. I think the possibility exists. What I'm obviously not sure is, by what degree.
But, if we keep going from paper based to electronic based and if a major calamity did oThat would be akin to sending mankind back to the dark ages. I do Business Continuity for a living, can’t you tell.
Off topic, it’s hard not to like a guy like Brewster Kahle. I read this one interview of him by the Latimes.com and I like the way he thinks. Quote: