Staying Meshed

And if it weren’t already clear how critically modern civilization relies on the information stored in and processed by computers, consider this: A recent IDC study pegged the amount of data produced last year by the “digital universe”—that is, all the world’s computers, digital cameras, and other devices—at 161 billion gigabytes, or 161 exabytes, which would be some 3 million times more information than in all the books ever published in all of human history. By 2010, the study forecasts, society will have generated nearly six times more digital information—some 988 exabytes, or nearly a zettabyte.Society’s asking a lot of its computers. The attached slide show examines these and a host of other systems that keep the power flowing, airplanes flying, and the Internet buzzing. It focuses on everyday existence—leaving aside, for instance, the many large supercomputers involved in such tasks as simulated testing of nuclear weapons—and offers a glimpse of who’s let down when the systems fail.

Our Fragile Computerized World

Given the magnitude of the risks presented can we really afford to associate all things labelled “virtual” and “meta” with unreality? This is yet another reason to replace many uses of metaverse with meshverse and of course yet another TVIR post 🙂


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