Thursday, July 12, 2007

Auguries of Innocence

"To see a world in a grain of sand"
starts off William Blake's inspired poem Auguries of Innocence, a view of reality that, in an unintended way, describes how infinities reside within infinites throughout all of nature if one takes the time to look hard enough. This first line also shows how unknowingly prescient Blake was in regards to the Internet and how information is stored on millions of systems all over the world as described by a fascinating Discover article titled, - How Much Does the Internet Weigh?.Read the article but the second to the last sentence says it all.

The web's daily traffic flow of "40 petabytes, or 40 x 10 to the 15th bytes: a 4 followed by 16 zeros...weigh(s) roughly the same as the smallest possible sand grain , one measuring just two -thousandths of an inch across."

A.A. The yearly traffic flow of the web comes to 14,600 Petabytes (40x365) or 14.6 Exabytes, something equivalent to a large sand grain.

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