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Google boss warns of 'forgotten century' with email and photos at risk
... I actually have had this concern, myself. I have vinyl albums that never became CDs, let alone MP3s. I have a whole bunch of photos I've taken that have never been printed (and if they had, it wouldn't be on archival quality paper and ink). Who knows if it'll be possible to view .jpgs or .tiffs in fifty or a hundred years? The article mentions documents in .pdf or Word formats, which may become "illegible" after a few more generations of the latest software advances. It depends on how forward-thinking the high priests of data are. At least one of them is bringing up the issue.

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kenny2fl
Feb. 22nd, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
It is a true concern. Although the anthropologists of the future, if they can access, will surely wonder what kind of tribe of people created so many meaningless e-mails and pictures of cats doing strange things.
songdogmi
Feb. 23rd, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
There is that ... we send sooo many messages now because it's free and instantaneous. We take so many photos for the same reason. Among all the mass of data there is some that are important messages, the kind we would want to save. But not only will we have to have the means to decipher them, we'll also have to have the means and time to simply find them.
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