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Can a universe be stored within a universe?

Can a universe be stored within that universe?

Universe MapCommon logic might suggest it is impossible to store the entire universe within the universe. Lets for now ignore the logistics of how one could actually move the whole universe to somewhere within that universe surely it would be a circular logic.

The origin of this thought pattern appart from perhaps my general madness, comes from an article which I read at work the other day there. It was talking about the Digital Universe. That being the collective storage of all electronic information globally.

Expansion of the Universe

What we shall do in this line of thought is neutralize the assumption that the universe is growing and infinte. My reasons for this decision is because the physical universe is expanding, and the digital universe is also expanding. In fact, the article in question expects that this year, we will generate 1.8 ZettaBytes of additional data. A quantity so huge that we would need enough iPads to build the great wall of china, but at twice the height of the normal Great Wall of China.

To Scale Modeling

Alright, so we have at least enough storage to store the great wall of china physically to scale. How far can we take it, within that storage facility lets place 3d modeled graphics of everything to scale of 1:1. That is, if you build a box, 1 meter wide, by 1 meter high in your 3-d graphics world, if you were ot output it on a 3-d printer, you would end up with a 1 meter wide, 1 meter high box.

Now, taking the storage capacity of the world, against a 1:1 model of an object, we should be able to establish what the ratio of the digital universe to the physical universe is.

Sentient Life

Fundamentally, all life comes down to motion of electrical signals and reactions from those signals. Now, as a programmer I know that we could emulate this process, so if we were to integrate the raw physics of the universe to our 3d-model of the universe, we would great what would appear to be a working model of the entire universe to the point that life within it surely must achive sentient status.

So we can create an entire duplicate of our universe, fully working in digital form. In theory at least, the logic involved in making this work would cost a fortune and I can imagine we may encounter many ethical questions about doing it in the first place. Would it be ethical to create sentient life which we can destroy entire civilizations with just by hitting the power button?

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The future of data

Data Data has been around for many years it has seen transformations over the centuries from being stored on stones and paintings in caves to pen and paper, typewriters reovlutionizing the time to generate documents of data. In the last 3 years, the current incarnation of data has seen huge storage capacity boosts from relatively physically large 0.5GB hard drives to more modern tiny multi gigabyte micro sd cards.

An explosion of data has occurred every year more data is being generated from systems than the previous year. It might be from Enterprise Planning systems and Customer relation databases it might be regulatory required information. The most important thing is as a world, we are storing much more information than we previously might have done simply because , we can.

The future of data is on the brink of major changes, like the last three years, we shall undoubtedly see an equally incremental amount of data storage capacity.  In 2013 I would not be surprised to see 1Pb hard drives becomming more common.

Handling of this data is a major task that needs management and IT to work together for common goals. Current data management tools are simply too inferior to handle data on that scale. The software is not scalable or capable of handling the scope.  Development goals need to be included in long term strategies to have the capabilites in place to deal with the rise in data.

Portability, nowadays everyone has a mobile phone, and there are many people whom have a smart phone capable of viewing and even editing propietery applications’ data. Therefore data storage needs to support these systems being able to get at the information they need and in a timely manner.

Security becomes another major issue, although governments seem reluctant to keep data secure, the  general public do not expect that from organizations. Systems must be put in place that allows staff access to the information that they need without comprimising on accessibility of the data.

Further, organizations need to consider what they want to do with the data. No longer is it practical for companies to store information in the hopes it will be a benefit. To make effective business decisions they need to consider the information that they have and use it in a logical productive method.

In the modern logic of data, it needs to be secure, scalable and accurate, but data management is not really about any of that. It is all about the user, the guy sitting at the reception looking for the customer records must be able to find them.

Without any of that, we might as well wipe the data.

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ZDnet