Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tooo Much Information

Cory Doctorow links to this interesting 1936 article from Modern Mechanix. Interesting to think that it 1936, we thought we could store in the entire Library of Congress in this little box:

and today, a server farm, such as the one pictured below stores only a small fraction of our collective intelligence.

Flickr photo by MysteryBee
Canned Libraries: the 1936 version of "universal access to all human knowledge" - Boing Boing
In this 1936 Modern Mechanix article, a fantasy about shrinking the Library of Congress to fit "in a few small filing cabinets" on microfiche/film. Once this is done, copies of the great library will be distributed to worthy institutions all over the world.

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