Thursday, September 03, 2015

Tech nightmares that keep Turing Award winners up at night

Tech nightmares that keep Turing Award winners up at night. By Katherine Noyes. ITWorld; IDG News Service. August 27, 2015.
     Some notes from the article:
  • Cerf's list of tech "nightmares" is the prospect of an impending "digital dark age." Anyone with digital photos should be concerned
  • Not only is the current domain name system unstable, potentially creating a future filled with broken links from the past, but there is a threat to digital content of all kinds, he said. "We don't have a regime that will allow us to preserve both the content and the software needed to render it over a very long time."
  • We're just as dependent on the software as on the data itself, so "what happens if 100 years from now the digital files are still around, having been dutifully copied from one medium to another, but the software is no longer available or supported?" he said. "I don't think we as an industry have fully internalized how important this is going to be."
  •  Also necessary are legal frameworks and a business model that could help support that preservation, he noted.

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