May 21, 2014

Internet Machine / Internet Archive

In this film I wanted to look beyond the childish myth of ‘the cloud’,

to investigate what the infrastructures of the internet actually look like. It felt important to be able to see and hear the energy that goes into powering these machines, and the associated systems for securing, cooling and maintaining them. What we find, after being led through layers of identification and security far higher than any airport, are deafeningly noisy rooms cocooning racks of servers and routers. In these spaces you are buffeted by hot and cold air that blusters through everything.
Internet machine – Timo Arnall

Internet Archive is a documentary focused on the future of long-term digital storage, the history of the Internet and attempts to preserve its contents on a massive scale.

Part one features Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and his colleagues Robert Miller, director of books, and Alexis Rossi, director of web collections. On a mission to create universal access to all knowledge, the Internet Archive’s staff have built the world's largest online library, offering 10 petabytes of archived websites, books, movies, music, and television broadcasts. The video includes a tour of the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, the book scanning center, and the book storage facilities in Richmond, California.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 21, 2014 12:04 PM
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It's a metaphor, you nit.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at May 21, 2014 2:29 PM

Alan: I thought it was a film about some kinda machine. I was never any good deciphering polysyllabic words. Aren't metaphors some kinda signal flags?

Posted by: chasmatic at May 21, 2014 9:37 PM

If they have headquarters in SF and storage in Richmond, this has to be the most shortsighted 'long term' group of all time. The San Andreas will take SF northward and of course, when CA falls into the Pacific, Richmond will go too.
They should be using Yucca Mtn, it's available....



Posted by: tomw at May 25, 2014 7:03 AM