It’s enough to make a booklover smile and cry at the same time.
In Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Kevin Kelly wrote about the contemporary quest for the “universal library” – a collection of all the works ever created – now made possible through the use of digital media. He writes:
- “From the days of Sumerian clay tablets till now, humans have `published’ at least 32 million books, 750 million articles and essays, 25 million songs, 500 million images, 500,000 movies, 3 million videos, TV shows, and short films, and 100 billion public web pages. All this material is currently contained in all the libraries and archives of the world.
- “When fully digitized, the whole lot could be compressed (at current technological rates) onto 50 petabyte hard disks. Today you need a building about the size of a small-town library to house 50 petabytes. With tomorrow’s technology, it will all fit onto your iPod. When that happens, the library of all libraries will ride in your purse or wallet – if it doesn’t plug directly into your brain with thin white cords. Some people alive today are surely hoping that they die before such things happen, and others, mostly the young, want to know what’s taking so long. (Could we get it up and running by next week? They have a history project due)”
As someone who does research of some kind every week -and often daily the thought of access to such a collection is almost beyond imagination.
—adapted from Michael Duduit Observations:
- What a great time to be alive! With the tools that God has placed in our hands, we can evangelize the world in our generation (Mark 16:15-16; Colossians 1:23). Let’s do it!
- All the books ever written—combined—do not match the wisdom of the single volume God ,authored, the Holy Bible. To know all the others and to forsake the Bible is to remain in darkness when light is available (2 Peter 1:3).
“0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” —Romans 11:33
via Glad Tidings of Good Things Volume 11 (May 25, 2006), page 1