Inspired by a pillar of antiquity, the Library of Alexandria, Brewster Kahle has a grand vision for the Internet Archive, the giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads.
“We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans,” Mr. Kahle said.
As of Tuesday, the archive’s online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news.
We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans
Rather ambitious project, especially since thousands of ancient books have most likely been permanently lost. I also have to wonder how much memory space will be needed to store so much data, and whose going to pay for it.
...especially since thousands of ancient books have most likely been permanently lost.
A lot of knowledge still exists that was never written into any texts at all. It continues to be passed on from teachers to students in a verbal tradition in many cultures. With the world population now inching toward a unified language or two we may still be able to get a lot of it into print before it becomes forgotten and having to be relearned right from scratch again.