Physical Memories in a Digital World
On the paradoxical blend of permanence and impermanence in digital documents
The more than 7,200 pages now extant probably represent about one-quarter of what Leonardo actually wrote, but that is a higher percentage after five hundred years than the percentage of Steve Jobs's emails and digital documents from the 1990s that he and I were able to retrieve.
—Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci
This was a striking line from Walter Isa…
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