Persistent digital storage is an absolute requirement for a persisting digital civilization – and I remain concerned that with the exception of M-disc we don’t have digital media with a 500 year life. But I also take a broader view of storage, including that which we carry around in our heads, which has way more capacity than we usually credit ourselves with.
Storage ≠ memory
That’s why I found this essay in The Guardian, The cult of memory interesting and relevant. Now that Google has been tasked with “forgetting” it is only a matter of time before the rest of our digital infrastructure has to move beyond mere storage to a pliable and alterable, memory.
A key quote from the essay, summing up the dilemma:
. . . remembrance may be the ally of justice, but it is no reliable friend to peace, whereas forgetting can be.
The StorageMojo take
I often wonder about my own memory: why can I remember details of the RA81 disk drive from 30+ years ago and not the name of the pretty blonde who called me by name at a bar last week? Where are my memory’s priorities?
The nascent storage analytics market – think Qumulo and DataGravity is going to have to respond to this. Not next week, but certainly within the next decade. The default position – keep everything forever – is not sustainable or – from a legal perspective at least – wise.
Courteous comments welcome, of course.