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Do we worship information these days? Are server farms our new Delphi temples?

Server farms, I suspect, are our modern Delphis. Hidden away, accessible only to initiates. Essential to the way we live yet unavailable to most mere mortals.

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We live these days in the early Information Age. As part of that, I think we increasingly worship data. We depend on it to define our lives. Some of us are lost without continuous input from the data flow.

As with all religions, there are physical manifestations of our faith. Cell phone towers are our modern steeples or minarets, literally connecting us to the deity. Apple’s flagship stores (I’ve seen the ones in New York and Barcelona) are temples of information. In them the god is not visible but feels immanent.

Server farms, I suspect, are our modern Delphis. Hidden away, accessible only to initiates. Essential to the way we live yet unavailable to most mere mortals.

Photo Credit: NSA

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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