No one keeps files for the sake of keeping files. Even digital hoarders who have every single episode of Doctor Who ever created don’t simply have those files to have files—they have those files because they comprise a collection of data with value as a collection. An Excel or Word document has no value in and of itself; rather, documents gain value when they are consulted or shared, when the data that they contain is compared against or integrated with other data and transformed into new data. With this in mind, the exponential increase in storage density coupled with a decrease in how much it costs per-gigabyte to purchase that storage has driven a huge shift in what it means to create and innovate.

Information explosion: how rapidly expanding storage spurs innovation


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