Research Article

The World’s Technological Capacity to Store, Communicate, and Compute Information

Science  01 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6025, pp. 60-65
DOI: 10.1126/science.1200970

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  1. Fig. 1

    The three basic information operations and their most prominent technologies.

  2. Fig. 2

    World’s technological installed capacity to store information (table SA1) (16).

  3. Fig. 3

    World’s technological effective capacity to broadcast information in optimally compressed megabytes MB per year, for 1986, 1993, 2000, and 2007; semi-logarithmic plot (table SA2) (16).

  4. Fig. 4

    World’s technological effective capacity to telecommunicate information (table SA2) (16).

  5. Fig. 5

    World’s technological installed capacity to compute information on general-purpose computers, in MIPS (table SA3) (16).

  6. Fig. 6

    Annual growth of installed general-purpose computational capacity as percentage of all previous computations since 1977 (year t / Σ[1977, year t – 1]) (table SA2) (16).