Seagate released an interesting press release today stating that they see in the future the ability to store the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress on a piece of media the size of a 50 cent coin.
On March 25th, Seagate will present to the American Physical Society Conference research that shows that it may be possible to have storage densities of 50 terabits per square inch. The press release states "At 50 terabits per square inch densities, over 3.5 million high-resolution photos, 2,800 audio CDs, 1,600 hours of television, or the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress could be stored onto recording media about the size of a single coin, such as a half dollar (30.61mm)."
With storage media that small, you can carry your entire life around in your watch or cell phone. Having at your disposal almost all the information you would need to perform your daily functions in life. Buying wine, and want to know a particular bottles rating, look it up on your cell phone. Having an argument about a particular event in history, look it up in the encyclopedia stored on your watch.
With the leaps and bounds technology is making in wireless and storage, electronics today seem more like science-fiction than reality.