We have never documented our lives so much. And our memories have never been so vulnerable.
If all your favourite photos are sitting on all your favourite devices, they’re as good as lost. Yes, one of the world’s smartest tech people is warning that a decade’s worth of memories is in danger of falling into a “digital black hole”.
As of January this year, Facebook had more than 1.393 billion active users each month. More than 890 million people log on all over the world every single day.
That’s one hundred and twenty-seven billion, seven hundred and fifty million new pictures uploaded each year. I’m not sure how many billions of selfies that adds up to annually, but I think the mathematical term is “a fuckload.”
Even so, while we might be the most photographed generation in history, one internet pioneer is warning it could all be lost.
In fact, according to vice-president of Google, Vin Cerf, speaking at a conference in San Jose, California, we are at risk of becoming a “forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century”.
According to Cerf our penchant for digital record-keeping, from instagramming our breakfasts to archiving important documents online, could actually be our downfall when it comes to be being remembered by future generations.
“When you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives that is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, and all of the world wide web, it’s clear that we stand to lose an awful lot of our history,” he said.
The problem is that just as quickly as we develop new technologies to connect with one another and share our lives online, digital tools also become outdated, and future generations will have no way to access them.