Digital dark age

Digital Dark Age.

digital dark age

Dr Vinton “Vint” Cerf was there right at the start of the internet and in his latest statement, he fears that all our digital documents and pictures taken on your digital cameras could be un readable in the future

Dr Vinton “Vint” Cerf –  Vice-President of Google – told the BBC that he was concerned that future generations may not be able to view pictures that where taken this century.

Digital dark age vellum’

He is spearheading a scheme to preserve all hardware and software and opertoring systems used so that it never becomes obsolete very much a museum for digital files.

If this scheme is adopted then it could safe guard our digital Images for years to come.

One of the downsides to this Idea would be that an organisation would have to provide this service and you would not be able to guarantee that they would be around in centuries to come. 

“The key here is when you move those bits from one place to another, that you still know how to unpack them to correctly interpret the different parts. That is all achievable if we standardise the descriptions.

“And that’s the key issue here – how do I ensure in the distant future that the standards are still known, and I can still interpret this carefully constructed X-ray snapshot?”

The concept of what Mr Cerf refers to as “digital vellum” has been demonstrated by Mahadev Satyanarayanan at Carnegie Mellon University.

Of course the other option is to revert back to 35mm film, but I cant see this Idea catching on. In the mean time it may go back to the Digital Dark Age.