GENEVA – You are on the internet and within the cloud. But don’t overlook just right out of date paper, says web pioneer Vint Cerf, who’s afraid that each one our virtual recollections might be misplaced as era strikes on.
“People say: ‘What should I do about my photographs?’ The ones you really care about? Find some really good quality photographic paper and print them, because we know those will last at least 150 years,” Cerf advised journalists on the sidelines of the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva.
“I know for a fact that I have information, in digital form, down in my basement, on 5¼-inch floppy disks. And I know the bits are still there. But I don’t have anything that knows how to read them any more.”
Cerf, a Google vice chairman and co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol that connects units over the web, mentioned he controlled to discover a disk power for a few of his historic disks, most effective to find he lacked the tool to learn them.
“If we want our descendants to know something about our world we have to make sure the information is still retrievable or understandable,” he mentioned.
A white-bearded 74-year-old nicknamed “the Father of the Internet,” Cerf jotted notes on his convention program as he spoke, and confessed that during a number of tactics paper is best than the state of the art telephone he clutched in his different hand.
“First of all, you can make little sketches easily on paper. And second, it’s on my (Governance Forum) calendar, that means I can remember where was I, and what was I doing, when I wrote that note. So for me, this is like a plug-in extra memory,” he mentioned to laughter.
“Look, I also wear three-piece suits. I’m just a 19th-century guy in a 21st-century world.”