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.
While hard drives have been able to contain more and more data over the years, the amount of space they take up is about the same.
Seagate's CEO isn't just trying to sell hard drives, he's actually bringing light to the fact that cheap data means that old data needs to be used properly.
Buying and using new, efficient hard drives and only using them for data that you actually need is one thing that you can do to fight this potentially scary data crisis.
Can you afford the world's biggest hard drive? It gives you massive data sustainability, but the price might not be worth it.