The Challenges of Digitization

In The Digitization of Just About Everything digitization is described as “the work of turning all kinds of information and media—text, sounds, photos, video, data from instruments and sensors, and so on—into the ones and zeroes that are the native language of computers and their kin” (79). I understand it as simply making all the many computers, gadgets, apps, etc. that now basically define our daily lives work. It made me realize how big of a flow of information is going on around us all the time. I, as a driver, also use the extremely famous app Waze whenever I go somewhere by car, and it has certainly become a habit. However, I had never thought of how it actually works, what is behind it and how much information it is actually providing to the servers from your phone, keeping the infinite flow of information going.

It is also mentioned in the text that apps, movies or digitized versions of, for example, books have “zero marginal cost of reproduction” (81), meaning that it might cost a lot of money to create the first copy but creating the next ones cost almost nothing. They are also extremely easy to reproduce, digitized copies don’t loose their quality, etc. However, it also raises a problem which is not mentioned in this text – violation of copyrights that becomes way easier as everything is being digitized. So, even though digitization is easing our lives incredibly, there are also certain issues that need to be properly dealt with, as the information spreads rapidly in this era of digitization.