Summary of “The Selfish Dataome”

That burden challenges us to ask if we are manufacturing and protecting our dataome for our benefit alone, or, like the selfish gene, because the data makes us do this because that’s what ensures its propagation into the future.
Shakespeare, to be fair, contributed barely a drop to a vast ocean of data that is both ethereal yet actually extremely tangible in its effects upon us.
Data like these have outlived generation after generation of humans.
As time has gone by our production of data has accelerated.
In Perspective: The human genome fits on about two CDs. The human species produces about 20,000 CDs worth of data a second.
On the face of things, it seems pretty obvious that our capacity to carry so much data with us through time is a critical part of our success at spreading across the planet.
The proliferation of data of seemingly very low utility could actually be a sign of worrying dysfunction in our dataome.
Either through data credit schemes akin to domestic solar power feeding back to the grid, or making the loss of data a positive feature.

The orginal article.