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Matthew Moore

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Bit by Bit

Claude Shannon created the theory we use to communicate everything in the digital age. James Gleick is trying to quantify all that communication.


More than 21 exabytes of data are sent over the internet every month. Exabytes! If that information were put down on paper, the stack would stretch from here to Pluto 10 times over. And that’s just the internet. That’s not even counting what’s sent via private networks, TV transmissions, phone calls, or GPS devices.

It’s a lot of information. More importantly, it’s a lot of information we actually understand.

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