In 2011, a few years into the brand-new e-reader craze, The New York Times weighed in on a common claim: unlike with a backpack, you can fill a digital device up with books and see no change in weight. To find out whether this was true, they turned to UC Berkeley computer science professor John D. Kubiatowicz. His answer? False.
Weight, Weight, Don't Tell Me
How Much Does The Internet Weigh?
Answer: 50 grams. How someone got to that figure is the real fascination.
Key Facts In This Video
One theory states that the weight of the entire Internet is about 50 grams. 00:02
It takes approximately 8 billion electrons to store just one 50-kilobyte email. 02:22
In 2005, Eric Schmidt estimated that the Internet holds about 5 million terabytes of information. 02:52
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