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The Internet Can Be Touched — The Physicality of Cyberspace

A fascinating video about the physicality of the Internet. Cyberspace isn’t virtual, but a construction project with its own unique characteristics.

Another odd little fact about the physicality of the electronic age — the weight of a full Kindle exceeds the weight of an empty Kindle. The extra weight of electrons needed to maintain the memory of a full Kindle equals the weight of a small virus — a billionth of a billionth of a gram.

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About Kent Anderson

I am the CEO/Publisher of the STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc., the home of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Reviews, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, the JBJS Recertification Course, PRE-val, and SocialCite. Prior to this, I was an executive at the New England Journal of Medicine. I also was Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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3 thoughts on “The Internet Can Be Touched — The Physicality of Cyberspace

  1. Your comment about the weight of electrons adding to the weight of a kindle reminds me of a little known or considered fact. Given Moore’s Law and the exponential increase in mankind’s use of electronics, it is possible to calculate the date on which we will exhaust the supply of electrons.

    What we will do then? Will that be the savior of the printed book?

    Posted by Dave Pullin | Nov 12, 2011, 8:18 am

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