Why we are not living in an information age

philosophically speaking
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Postby mSparks » Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:08 am

Nothing is information, Information is nothing. A lot of effort has gone in to differentiating between information and data. Data in its simplest form is everything, a table,a lump of metal, a string of 1's and 0's. Information is the understanding we make of data, and how this data can be manipulated.
In data terms, hello, cdeef and gutentag are all very different, but in information terms they can all be interpreted in exactly the same way.

Possession is 9/10's of the law, the only time you do not own something is when you have 'stolen' it from someone else. The same, however, cannot be said for data. Why? Because data is almost never 'taken' it is duplicated.

Imagine what the world would be like if the same mindsets of people who set our information laws now, actively sued farmers who introduced crop rotation, because the idea of crop rotation was owned, and they 'stole' the idea. But then I forget, the first people who introduced crop rotation were actively burnt at the stake as witches and wizards....

If anything, today we live in either the transportation age, or more likely the oil age. Information is not a valuable resource, beyond the scope of obtaining data. Whats valuable is the tools we have to use data, find what is 'good' and pleasant data, and share this with each other.
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