Digital Dark Age? Gambling with Humankind’s Knowledge
Films on Demand
Compact and portable, digitized information is an attractive alternative to bulky books, analog media, and emulsion-based photographs—but can it stand the test of time? In this program, Stewart Brand, co-inventor of the TCP/IP Internet protocol, and others in the know assess the rapid proliferation of digitization; confront the alarming risk of massive data loss through technology obsolescence, platform incompatibilities, and storage media degradation; explore the potentially catastrophic impact of data loss on cultural identity; and outline some of the efforts being made to stave off a digital dark age.