The universe is a flash drive

I want you to rethink “data” and what it means to think about data.

Let’s start with an example.

We’re on a desert island. I give you a flash drive. I tell you, truthfully, there is a .docx file on the flash drive with an entire dictionary on it. You wonder why out of all the items I could have chosen to bring on a desert island I chose this one. You look at your magnifying glass solemnly — you thought it would be a good idea for starting fires. You take my flash drive and use it as a poor excuse for a hacky sack.