The Top Inventions Of 2008

Michael Hart, Global Politician, Jan 04, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's hard to understate the importance of this: "As time goes one, more and more virtual libraries of this size will become available in these small files that allow an entire library, 30,000 books of a million characters each, to be worn on keychains, necklaces, bracelets, etc." Think about it. "5 books in 2 megabytes. 30,000 books in 12 gigabytes. That's all the words in the books of an average US Public Library. 2008 will see 12 gigabyte USB flash drives for under $100." Which means that "'The Digital Divide' in terms of potential access is becoming moot, and you have to take that into account when you hear 3 billion of a new variety of cell phones have gone into operation just recently." But (and this, to me, is one of the great moral questions of our age, "there are still many ways to keep 'THEM' out of the system and to preserve most of the goodies for 'US.'" Via Peter Suber via Jopseph Hart.
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