Consequences of Different Ways to Store and Use Data

If data storage is unrestricted, everything and every interaction in your life could be recorded.

It will then be possible to replay communications you had with your family, or boss, analyse them or bring them in relation to other interaction. It will also be possible to replay conversations between persons from both perspective.  Everything can be filmed and stored, from multiple angles – no need to take pictures. Every phone call, email, tweet can be stored and will be stored; there is no need to destroy the information after your death.

There will be a desperate need to have good search engines, which can retrieve relevant information from the huge databases. Today, we can see ways of dealing with information overload on the Internet. Not everything  is relevant to us, unique or interesting.With so much information from different people and sources that filters may be needed to help us focus. Filters can be humans or computer programmesa combination may be more effective.  Filter bubbles are discussed in this TED Talk by Eli Pariser, which startsby a discussion about how Facebook, Yahoo News and Google personalise what they show you. Different people get different search results, which move us into a world where the Internet is showing us what ‘it’ thinks we want to see. A filter bubble is created and you don’t decide what gets in and unless you take action you will never get to see what gets edited out

Questions related to who owns data related to your life is vital to consider. You could sell your personal data to companies and earn money. How much information about your life do you want to share? And who do you want to sell it to? Today, your some of your personal data related to the use of mobile phones is being sold to the highest bidder, most often to ad networks who can serve targeted ads. In thisarticle from the New York Times, you can read about data mining. Our current laws related to the collection of data about our private life are limited and new laws and regulations may be necessary. Another consequence is that there will be no boxes needed to classify consumers and target groups for marketing ends.

Abundance also poses questions related to quality of data – we could imagine that the data collected is neutral. Yet neutral data may only be possible for certain types of data. In addition, it may only be possible to draw certain conclusions from the data. Assumptions related to the world and how living things may still influence how we interpret the data but the detail in the data we lure us into believing that it is neutral. In contrast, the detail in the data means that it will become possible to research the weather by the storage of all the movements of water parts in the air.

Information today has a permanent quality. Information stored on paper can be touched, stored in files and archives. Data stored on paper provides us with time to reflect. In a similar way, information stored on discs also has a permanent quality. However, what does it mean to read a book in a 3D crystal? Alternatively, store information in a test tube? In a sense, data becomes more alive, it is easy to imagine that data is constantly changing. In iMindMap there is a 3D presentation mode, what a mind map gives a feeling of looking of a geographical map. Personally, I would like to have a 3D map on my GPS when hiking in the mountains; I am not that good at reading height lines.

In a dictionary, a related noun could be related to the original word, so that can be displayed in 3D. Learning to read could become easier when all the letters are displayed in 3D. Perhaps we are thinking of 3D reading as 3D-projection in a flat square – but it also could be in an aquarium. We could have letters projected in space by laser lights, just in front of us, or in the middle of the room. We could rotate the letters – see behind the text, literally.

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