Or … how could we go about getting to a figure.
If an alien race decided to record every piece of information present on planet earth (they’ll somehow pause time to allow this to happen before they blow the planet to smithereens) how much space would they need? Let’s assume they’ve failed to invent data compression as they’ve spent so long inventing time manipulation and doomsday weapons.
Since ‘information’ is a bit vague how about “How much computer storage space would all the published works (books, papers, magazines, etc ) take up?”
Had anyone tried to come up with a ballpark figure for this? Is there even any possible way?
There’s lots of other considerations, what about duplicated information, what about the information on the Internet is it published, what else haven’t I thought of?