Vint Cerf, one of the ‘fathers’ of the Internet, has said he is very concerned that images and documents will be lost eventually as the computers they are saved on become obsolete. Currently the Vice-President of Google, Mr Cerf has said that as systems fall out of use, the data stored on them could be lost.
He is concerned that in the future, there will be little or no record of the 21st century as we enter what he terms a digital Dark Age.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mr Cerf said he is now focusing his attention on this problem that threatens to eradicate our history. Currently many of our memories, family photos and other information is stored either on hard drives or on the cloud.
But as technology moves forward, these memories could be lost as the digital revolution continues to develop rapidly. Mr Cerf spoke of how this has already happened – old documents in formats no longer current cannot be read by the latest software and compatibility between new and old versions isn’t always a guarantee.