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    Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

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      Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

      BBC News - Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

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      Vint Cerf, who has been described as a "father of the internet", has warned that data we have been saving on our computers could be lost forever.

      Currently a Google vice-president, Mr Cerf fears there could be little or no record of the 21st Century for future generations as we enter what he describes as a "digital Dark Age".

      He told the BBC's Pallab Ghosh says information such as photos and documents could be inaccessible as hardware and software become obsolete.

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      Re: Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

      Very true. Who now has equipment and software to read an 8" floppy? In fact when did you last see a new PC with a 90mm floppy drive? Yet documents produced on paper(papyrus) 4000 years ago are still readable.

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      Re: Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

      I agree with you there.

      The article does raise a serious point for anyone who might wish to research this period of time in say 500 years.

      We might be a throw-away society, but more and more of our rubbish is recycled, destroying and possible material that might be studied.

      The vast majority of our books are being compsed on an electronic device, with fewer and fewer hard copies.

      Photographs, videos, music and almost everything else has now got an electronic equivelent that could easily be lost as we move on.

      Sure many of the standard may remain, such as jpeg, but already .avi is becoming less attractive and will end up consigned to history, meaning that in say 10 ot 20 years no one will make a new device that can play those files.

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      Re: Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

      Slightly different scenario but I have even heard of bank accounts disappearing into thin air! Where bank accounts were opened with paying in books in the 60's 70's and 80's then not accessed for years, the banks concerned have since gone computerised or been taking over and now denie those accounts still exist! Even if the paying in book is presented there are still cases where they claim the account must have been closed years ago and they say they have no record of it!
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      Re: Net pioneer warns of digital 'Dark Age'

      Without naming them, I have heard of this happening too.

      Specifically it was related to a bank/building society that was taken over by another. From memory it was on something like Watchdog.

      There is also an issue where the law was changed. Basically any "obsolete" accounts which haven't been used for a few years are closed and the Government will get the money.

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