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We call it “The Internet” or “The Web”. But don’t you think we need a name with a bit more weight behind it?

Douglas Adams got it right when he wrote in The Hitchhiker’s GuideĀ to the Galaxy that “Earth is the Computer”. And he named it Deep Thought; which is pretty good but not nearly serious enough.

I don’t think even he couldĀ have imagined at the time how prescient his literary flight of fancy would turn out to be. The amount of data that is presently stored in the world’s computer servers is mind boggling and even unsettling when you consider that most, if not all, digital paths run through Google.

And like the human brain, only a small fraction of this data, and the myriad switches and servers that connect it, are being analysed and used in any meaningful way…so far!

The special report, “Data Data Everywhere” published in the February 2010 issue of The Economist makes for some interesting reading in this regard.

It all got me thinking that we need a better name for the Information Super Highway. After all it will continue to evolve and become more and central to how we live our lives. And what a better name to call it than Zoltar! (more…)

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