In 2000, a telescope in New Mexico collected more data in its first few weeks than had been amassed in the entire history of astronomy. By 2010 archive 140 terabytes of information.
In finance, about seven billion shares change hands every day on U.S. equity markets, of which around two-thirds is traded by computer algorithms based on mathematical models.
Google processes more than 24 petabytes of data per day, a volume that is thousands of time the quantity of all printed material in the U.S. Library of Congress.
The number of messages on Twitter grows at around 200 percent a year an by 2012 had exceeded 400 million tweets a day.
From the sciences to helthcare, from banking to the Internet, the sectors may be diverse yet together they tell a similar story: the amount of data in the world is growing fast.