How Much Does The Internet Weigh?

The weight of the Internet's information was calculated using the mass of electrons. It was based on a 2005 remark by Google's CEO at the time, Eric Schmidt, who estimated that the Internet had about 5 million terabytes of information on it. Obviously, the amount of data online has grown substantially since then, but it still "weighs" very little.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. One theory states that the weight of the entire Internet is about 50 grams. 00:02

  2. It takes approximately 8 billion electrons to store just one 50-kilobyte email. 02:22

  3. In 2005, Eric Schmidt estimated that the Internet holds about 5 million terabytes of information. 02:52

Written by Curiosity Staff December 29, 2014

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