What The Tech? Digital Dementia

New York, NY — It seems the father of the Internet, Vint Cerf, has a serious concern about our reliance on digitally documenting everything we do: will future historians be able to see anything we’re doing? You don’t have to think that far back to get an idea of what he’s worried about either… that CD collection you might have gathering dust, do you still have a CD player? In my house, I have two MacBook’s and a Mac Mini of which only two have CD/DVD drives. If I upgrade that Mac Mini to the current model, it lacks an optical drive. Sure my BluRay player will play the CD’s but if I want the data off them, my options are slowly becoming limited. Take a step back a few decades further to your cassette collection (if you remember or even had those). I had hundreds of cassette tapes containing everything from mixes carefully crafted for my long commute to me on the radio in the early days of my career. But you know what I didn’t have? A tape player. I got rid of that a long time ago because I had upgraded to CD’s and tapes were so cumbersome. And what of all those video games I have for my NES? Fortunately, I still have my NES and if I didn’t there are plenty of places I can go online to play the now-classic games for free. But the problem extends beyond our mix tapes and Mario Brothers.

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