The Telegraph published an article last week discussing the future application of new optical disk technology. Within 5 years it’s expected that optical discs will be able to store over 5TB of information.
The fact that all storage media are becoming massively large and still affordable is going cause tremendous changes in society. It’s not just a matter of you being able to store your entire music collection, HD movie collection, or even your whole life’s worth of records and photos on a single pocket-sized or rice gain sized device. When storage goes away as a barrier, especially solid-state storage like memory, you can carry everything with you, anywhere, always, and never delete anything, ever. Any electronic based activity (watching videos, reading, recording shows) can wait until it’s convenient because you can store it for later. Everything becomes portable. You’ll be able to keep large amounts of internet data as cache to combat outages or bandwidth problems. All information … everywhere … online and accessible. In multiple copies to protect it. With room to spare.
It’s freedom, and it’s big brother. Which direction will it go?