Book vs Servers: Where should we store all of the Human Knowledge?

What is the best medium to keep human knowledge for an extended period? Some decades ago, we stored data and information in books; due to the uprise in technology, we stored data in hard drives, compact discs, and other media. 

However, each of these has proven to have either a shortcoming or the other. The most recent form of storing data, information, and passed down knowledge is the cloud. 

Will this be the most efficient method of storing human knowledge?

Books as a Medium of Storage

We are all aware that papers can last for a long time, especially when stored under the most appropriate conditions like; humidity, temperature, light, enough space, and regular dusting.

These conditions can be very tasking and require constant follow-up, and the minimalistic mistake can lead to the loss of the books, which also leads to loss of the information kept.

There are also certain disadvantages when storing knowledge in books, such as Inefficiency. Books lack backups; they can also be easily destroyed, especially by a water or fire breakout.

The Cloud as a Medium of Storage

Cloud storage is a term that has gained widespread use over the last few years. It has its information stored in data centers located anywhere globally and maintained by a third party. 

As the data is hosted on servers, it is easily accessible through a web interface. The data stored in cloud storage is secure and protected by a combination of strong passwords, so any unauthorized person can’t access another person’s file.

It also has the feature of restoring and recovering data for accidentally deleted files, folders, or documents. You can also store any information securely in an online location without worrying about space.

Cloud storage has a whole lot of benefits that come with it when storing data.

Best Storage for Human Knowledge?

The passing down of knowledge and science to future generations is directly dependent on storing it.

Books have been used for an extended time, but clearly, they can’t contain the vast amount of information today and to come.

Digital Storage techniques have also proven a lot better than what we used to have, and since technology is dynamic, better options are coming our way as time passes.

For example, in Zurich, Robert Grass of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is currently exploring writing, reading, and storing information in DNA molecules.


It is understandable to assume that human knowledge is stable-that everything we have learned will remain for humanity. Where and how should we store humanity’s knowledge for posterity? There is only one way – ‘The Cloud’

Presently, storing knowledge on servers or clouds has proven to be: sustainable, flexible, secure, quickly recovered, and mobile. It is the best option to keep our day-to-day data, information, Human knowledge, and passed down knowledge.

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