The data flood

The amount of recorded information grows by the split-second — and may be used to improve health care, change education and even boost store sales

By Stephen Ornes, 16:03 PM December 11, 2013

There is a huge amount of information available online. And its volume is growing at lightning speed. Each minute on average, more than 200 million emails move across the Internet (though most are spam). Twitter users post more than 300,000 new tweets. People across the globe share more than 38,000 Instagrams. YouTube users upload another 100 hours of video. Google processes more than 3.6 millionwebsearches. And 2.2 million things on Facebook get a “like” or a comment.

But the Internet isn’t t...

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