Digital Dark Ages: Bring Out Your Dead...Data

Google boss warns of 'forgotten century' with email and photos at risk

Vint Cerf: ‘We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole.’

When I read the headlines on this announcement I immediately thought 'sensationalism'. Living in a time where every scrap of information is available with a few keystrokes I had forgotten that only a few short decades ago Encyclopedia Britannica was king of knowledge. But upon reading Vint Cerf's arguments I am inclined to agree with him and ignore the sensationalist perspective. As a web designer, computer scientist, and all around geek I can't tell you how many pictures, how much web content, how many programs I have simply erased because I needed the space or simply didn't want it anymore. But according to Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet and Google VP, that attitude could be catastrophic.