May 21st, 2007


To see the world in a grain of sand...

This makes my toes curl:

How much does the internet weigh?
We put cyberspace on the scale.

By Stephen Cass

How heavy is information? Most of us know that computers represent all types of information – e-mails, documents, video clips, Web pages, everything – as streams of binary digits, 1s and 0s. These digits are mathematical entities, but they are also tangible ones: They are embodied and manipulated as voltages in electronic circuits. Therefore, every bit of data must have some mass, albeit minuscule. This prompted DISCOVER to ask the question: How much would all the data sent through the internet on an average day weigh?

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