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Consider the Internet as one global machine.

In his talk The Next 5000 Days of the Web Kevin Kelly presents a spec sheet for this machine (circa 2008):

55 trilion links, 1 billion PC chips, 8 terabytes per second of traffic, 255 exabytes of storage

In comparison, the human brain has an estimated 86 billion neurons and about 100 trillion synapses (the number of stars in 1,500 galaxies)

“To a first approximation,” says Kelly “the size of this machine is the size in complexity of your brain… however your brain isn’t doubling every two years. If we say that this machine (the Internet) is one human brain, by the year 2040 this machine will exceed humanity in processing power" 

A tiny tome by artist Robert Chaplin tells the story of Teeny Ted From Turnip Town microengraved on a tablet measuring 70 micrometers.

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A Birdseye view of Geocities by Despens

Were it not for ArchiveTeam, a band of rogue archivists led by Jason Scott, the web’s first major metropolis would have sunk into the abyss “like the fabled Atlantis” (hat-tip @chaykak). 

A team of internet paleontologists have descended upon the ruins of geocities and found a trove of cultural artifacts, documented on their blog One Terabyte of the Kilobyte Age.

Net artist and curator, Olia Lialina, reflects on the excavation: 

The Geocities archive provides us with the experience of getting old. Coming into contact with the aged pages is an important lesson that defies the impression that on the net, everything always happens in the present.

Ruins and Templates of Geocities

For $9.99, anyone can download the app and take advantage of digitised images of nearly 350 brain slices taken from the collection bequeathed to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland by the Harvey family estate in 2010. The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Chicago digitized the slides for the app.

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All traces of Jonah Lehrer’s e-book, *Imagine*, recently vanished from the shelves of online bookstores, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The gesture of expunging tarnished content has incited a debate; is it possible to burn an e-book?  Maria Konnikova of the Atlantic reflects on questions of censorship in online retail and the nature of books:

An e-book is not a physical book. That point might seem trite until you stop for a moment to think how much simpler it is, in a certain sense, to destroy electronic than physical traces.

Readers on the Daily Beast respond:

But the opposite is equally true.  That is, it is much harder to destroy electronic than physical traces. As anyone who has lost control of an image of themselves online can attest, electronic artifacts can be copied anywhere and everywhere at the speed of light, and be stored anywhere and everywhere.  They are extremely difficult to wipe out.

In 2011, artist Paul Chan published  Wht is a Book? an eBook examining the ontology, and mortality, of books: 

What is reading? How does reading turn into knowing? How does knowing become doing? Does it matter if knowing only knows? What is a book? Is reading a book different from reading a menu, or an affidavit, or a painting? Why are books associated with bodies? When books are burned, why is it natural to assume that people are next? Does it have to do with Eros? How do you burn an eBook?

As part of  Rock The Block next week I’ll do a SPEED SHOW about Graffiti Markup Language and all its versions and spinoffs.

Rock The Block –

On Tuesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd of October 2012, the event ,“Rock The Block”, in the lively center of Kreuzberg, will change the colorful block of houses between Adalbertstr., Skaltizerstr., Mariannenstr., & Oranienstrasse into an impressive experience.

In cooperation with Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, dozens of Berlin artists will provide art venues, performances, workshops and parties, in and outside. The block will be opened to the public in cooperation with the residents and will come alive as a creative organism. An entire cosmos between four streets can be open for strolling. The event will be directed towards a wide audience. Within the framework of different workshops, children and the youth together can redesign billboards on the block. Whoever left too quickly or missed something in the turmoil of the night has two days to play in the cards. Performances and workshops will also keep the block in movement on the 3rd of October. As early as 12 o’clock, there will be the possibility to look at the complete works of art on the block.

Ein Projekt von A project of Backjumps
in Zusammenarbeit mit dem in cooperation with
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Kuratiert von curated by
Adrian Nabi

KünstlerInnen Artists:
1UP, AKV Berlin, Amigo, Amok, Anna Szaflarski, Arunski & Poet, Aram Bartholl, Beatbox Battle Allstars, Brad Downey, Bronco, Chess Boxing Club Berlin e.V., Chris Sugrue, Christian Marien, Constanze Haas, D TAGNO, Daniel Wang, Dave the Chimp, Dejoe, Deko, Der tote General, Egoshooter, Emess, Evan Roth, Flavie Guerrand, Florian Goldmann, Frieder Klaris, Giò Di Sera, Gogoplata, Golan Levin, Graffitimuseum Berlin, Graffiti Research Lab Berlin, Inka, Jamie Wilkinson, Jazoo Yang, Jérome Fino, Jim Dunloop, Kanta Kimura, DJ Kaos, KATSU, Marc Hype, Marius Schmidt, Markus Butkereit, Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf, Max Stocklosa, Lena Brumby, Marc FM, M.Thorn, Migel, Mode2, Nomad, P-Rzm, Partick Fabian Panetta, Pauline Izumi Colin, Peter Reiling, Phos4, Pierre Etienne Morelle, Pigenius Cave, Pipslab, Quentin, Ritsche Koch, Rok, Rollers inc., Runex, Sebastian Haslauer, Superblast, The Wa, Theo Watson, Thomas Janitzky, Toshihiko Mitsuya, Various & Gould, Velo Tramp, Ven, Zast, Zigan Aldi

“Almost 30 per cent of recorded history, shared over social media such as Twitter, has disappeared, according to a new study of the Egyptian uprising and other significant events… 11 per cent of the social media content had disappeared within a year and 27 per cent within 2 years. Beyond that, the world loses 0.02 per cent of its culturally significant social media material every day” technology review via @auremoser

Hitachi just unveiled a new technology to store binary information as a pattern of dots inside a thin sheet of quartz glass. With a microscope and a computer, they say the data would be retrievable after millions of years. Could this be the silver bullet for long term data storage?