And you thought your mp3 collection was impressive. It’s generally agreed that the world’s data is growing quickly, perhaps even exponentially. But as we grow technologically as a species, we need to develop new ways of quantifying our evolution, e.g. what comes after the yottabyte?
1 Yottabyte = 1 quadrillion gigabytes
Below it we have the zettabyte, exabyte, petabyte, terabyte, gigabyte, megabyte and kilobyte.
According to our good old pals over at Wikipedia, to date no storage network has exceed 1/1000th of a yottabye. Websites like Facebook currently work in petabytes at the most. In 2009, it was estimated the internet contained 500 exabytes. So it looks like we’re pretty safe, for now. But what comes next?
UK gadget website, Money4Machines, say an ongoing campaign to name the next big thing (in numbers) after the slang word for ‘many’ – ‘hella’ – would sit well with scientists and internet fans alike.
“Our customers aren’t dealing in hypothetical hellabytes when they visit us to sell iPad tablets or get cash for games consoles, but it’s not difficult for the layman to understand that quantifying data is a huge part of internet development. We recently read a few suggestions made online by supporters of the ‘hellabyte’, our favourite being the ‘lolabyte’!”
New measurement terminology can only be approved by the International Committee for Weights and Measures.