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Are data imperatively objective? How is it possible that a simple equation such as 2+2=4 anything outside of the realm of objectivity? Placed in technological terms: can a byte of information realize its existence outside of the realm of human subjection? Do these examples of data hold universally true independent of the skews of perception and thought?

If there is such skepticism surrounding the notions of concrete bytes, imagine the future of data storage and processing when the sheer scale of data reaches into the petabytes and beyond. Indeed, any notion regarding data instability will garner exponential shockwaves when bytes reach into the quintillions. Is there a limit to such an enormous growth rate of data? Will the “cooking” process occupy such vast resources that the very subjectivity/objectivity of data will be impossible to assess?

Perhaps a de-gridding of contemporary society is mandated if we are to continue to grow and prosper at such an expansive rate. All of this technology imperialism associated with contemporary data structures might very well lead to a future of unintelligibility. As technology progresses to a singularity of big data, the prospect of getting “off the grid” seems more and more appealing. It’s not that progressive data technology is a negative possibility; the unfavorable outcome arises when there are simply too many bytes. Before taking the leap from terabytes to petabytes, a re-analysis of the objective stability of information is necessitated – before we are overwhelmed by the sheer mass of big data.