Oct 10, 2017
They all can be considered as big data. They were physical archives and there were actual people doing transactions. Calculations were done on paper. We are generating and recording data for a very long time.
Digitalization allowed us to have the superpowers of replication, scalability and portability at minimal marginal costs.
You can burn down the Library of Alexandria but now you can rarely completely destroy a digital record.
Sometimes, the mere attempt provokes more replication (see Streisand Effect).
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