Information explosion

Information created in 2002 would fill 500,000 U.S. Libraries of Congress: study
||Last Updated: 11/05/2003


he information explosion is continuing, as enough new information was created around the world last year to fill 500,000 U.S. Libraries of Congress, according to a study out of the University of California at Berkeley.

There was about five billion gigabytes of new data created in 2002, which works out to about 800 megabytes per person. Translated into paper terms, that’s the equivalent of a stack of books nine metres (or 30 feet) high for every person.