Sneak Peek Into Microsoft Research

When Microsoft Research chief Rick Rashid looks into his crystal ball, he sees a world where technological advancements in data storage and networked communication will let humans keep track of every aspect of their daily lives. During a keynote presentation at the WWW Conference here, Rashid outlined the dramatic changes over the last ten years, when Microsoft Research moved from empowering the Internet to newer projects aimed at empowering the individual.

With the cost of data storage dropping to levels in which a terabyte of space will cost no more than $1,000, Rashid said the time will come when deleting data will be a thing of the past. "There won't be reason for anyone to throw away any data," Rashid said. "We'll get to the stage where, for $1,000, you will be able to store more than a trillion bytes...More than enough space to store every conversation you have ever had, from the time you are born to the time you die."

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