How Will History Judge the Google Generation?

Interesting questions…


Many historians, especially biographers, rely almost entirely on physical documents written by, to, and about their subjects. But since the Google Generation’s communication is through emails, texts, and tweets — ephemeral bits racing around the globe at the speed of light — what will remain for historians to study in order to tell the story of mankind in the 21st century? What if the tidal waves of data cannot be read by computers of the future? Some experts are pessimistic, including Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. At a conference of scientists in California in February 2015, Cerf foresees a historical black holes that he calls the “Digital Dark Ages”: “If we’re thinking 1,000 years, 3,000 years ahead in the future, we have to ask ourselves, how do we preserve all the bits that we need in order to correctly interpret the digital objects we create? We are nonchalantly throwing all of our…

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