|The Third Culture||George B. Dyson|
The Size Of The Digital Universe
Cosmologists have measured the real universe with greater precision than any reportable metric encompassing the extent of the digital universe even though much of it is sitting on our desks.
Sales figures of all kinds are readily available, whereas absolute numbers (of processors, CPU cycles, addressable memory, disk space, total lines of code) are scarce. We are left to make rough approximations (skewed by volatility in prices) where there could and should be a precise, ongoing count.
Have we reached Avogadro's number yet?
DYSON is a leading authority in the field of Russian Aleut kayaks
the subject of his book Baidarka, numerous articles, and
a segment of the PBS television show Scientific American Frontiers.
His early life and work was portrayed in 1978 by Kenneth Brower in his
classic dual biography, The Starship and the Canoe. Now ranging
more widely as a historian of technology, Dyson's most recent book is
Darwin Among the Machines.