Friday, March 23, 2018

Is the Internet Forever? #northcarolinapioneers


Is the Internet Forever? Will the Technology of Today Protect our Records?

algorithmsDigitization is the byword. In our quest to store data and deliver it faster, are we missing something? I mean, is the internet forever? The American electrical grid is an engineering whiz of the twentieth century, yet should that go down, what shall we do? We know that natural electricity is in the atmosphere, but we have not captured that essence. Instead, wires and plugs are used. A truer method of capturing electricity has not been invented. In this respect, everywhere that we walk, it should be available (without wires etc), as well as the internet. There is mention of the "grid," and how a nuclear bomb can wipe out communications. And the experts are saying that the grid has grown old and is now in need of basic repairs. How about online banking where our financial transactions are revealed in great detail and passed along to such people as credit bureaus? Data breaches along the grid are occurring with great drama. Every city and state is on the grid. And, as genealogical records become readily available over the internet with the stroke of a key (if one is connected to the grid), who is to say that its expanding technology (with its bots and algorithms ) could not destroy our records in a momentous event just as Julius Caesar did when he flamed the Alexandria Library in 48 BC? So now we are encouraged to place data on the "cloud" in order to recovery it at any time or place. Really? May I inject here, that if the IRS edits your income tax returns, you better take paper copies of your records! Perhaps as we enjoy the new technological advances, we should factor in the possibility of another destroyer? 

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