Taking into account that yesterday, January 27th, was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I was wondering about the new way we are collecting our remembrance. The human kind has always relied on objects and visual aids to help remember the past and the important things of one’s mind or of a collective group.
Think about the reminiscences boxes and rooms of the popes and kings, the cathedrals and books of medieval time. The archial mind of the illuminist created the science classification, the encyclopedia, the museums and other collector’s institutes. Mostly of it today has been digitalized and it’s available on internet. The computer has become our reminiscence box.
All we need to know and remember is saved there, somewhere in the virtual space. The interesting thing is that this new technology, although easier to access, has become very hard to keep. The biggest problem today is how to save all the data we produce.
The breakthrough seems to be the external data base servers that can also be used for processing programs that can’t be held in our own personal computers. When it is necessary to exchange a large number of data in real time, when the amount of bandwidth is increasing geometrically, one of the best solutions available today is to rely on an optical fiber infrastructure that allows not only the larger info exchange but also the real time interaction between personal computer and server.