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Humanity's hard drives could be full by 2020

Humanity's hard drives could be full by 2020

While many scientists are worried about the exponentially increasing human population, there might be a potential disaster that's much closer than you'd think. The disaster? Storing all of the information that every single one of us is producing.

Seagate CEO Mark Whitby claims that the human population produces about 6 zettabytes of data every year. Assuming most smartphones have around 32GB of storage, a single zettabyte is equivalent to 34,359,738,368 smartphones.

In an interview with TechRadar, Seagate CEO claimed that data 'has never been more important' and is as 'valuable as oil and just as difficult to mine, model and manage.'

The reason behind this data deficit could make you want to clean out your hard drive.

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