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Infographic: How Much Data Will the World Create This Year?

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INFORMATION OVERLOAD
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"What would you say if I told you that this tiny computer chip had enough memory to store every book in every library in the world? Would you say I was lying? Are you calling me a liar? If you got something to say to me, why don't you say it to my face? You wanna go?! Come on! COME ON! I WILL KILL YOU, MAN!! I SWEAR TO GOD!!!"
-- Thomas Lennon, The State

If there's one thing that humans enjoy doing -- other than threaten physical violence -- it's create information. Every two years, the world's information doubles. All those tweets, Facebook updates, emails, articles, blog entries, books, MP3s, YouTube clips, Netflix selections, everything found online adds up exponentially. And we, as a species, depend on the Googles, Apples, Microsofts, and Amazons of the world to keep everything stored in perpetuity.

That is a mind-bogglingly colossal task.

According to Mashable, 1.8 zettabytes will be created and replicated this year. That's roughly 1,800 exabytes, or 1,800,000 petabytes, or -- get ready -- 1,800,000,000 terabytes.

When reaching numbers of that magnitude, the human mind can only process it as "really, really big." However, Mashable attempts to put 1.8 zettabytes into perspective with a spiffy-looking infographic.

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(See also: Infographic: The Power of Twitter and Infographic: History of the Apple vs. Microsoft War)

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