The term ‘information explosion’ has been in use since the 1960s, so the idea that we are living in the wake of a major data surge is not new. Even so, the quantity of data we are capable of producing, transmitting and storing has accelerated exponentially in recent years, with over 90% of the data in the world being created in the last two years alone.
Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, which is equivalent to 57.5 billion 32 GB iPads. This data is coming from an endless list of sources such as climate sensors, social media sites, online banks and mobile phone signals. As our personal experience and collective history become increasingly digitised, the preservation of data in the long term is becoming increasingly urgent.
Having access to more data is not just a question of volume; it is also an opportunity to do things differently. If we learn how to retain, process, and understand Big Data, an abundance of valuable knowledge can be obtained. It can improve efficiency, resolve problems, and provide new perspectives on the world around us.
The works included in this chapter explore the science and history of the data explosion to consider the future of our digital age.
BIG BANG DATA: EXHIBITION THEMES
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