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And I'm Still Working on Milli...and Mega...

In Patrick Di Justo's opening words: "From trillion-flop game consoles to trillion-dollar tax cuts, the significant digits of our lives are now followed by 12 zeros. The whole world is tera-flying." He offers a guide to understanding meanings of "tera" in four different contexts.

ONE TERABYTE =

  • 1,537,752 books
  • 333 copies of the human genome
  • 185 Wikipedias
  • 127,455 MP3s of Free Bird
  • 12 hi-def copies of The Lord of the Rings trilogy
ONE TERAWATT =
  • 714,285,714 clothes irons' electricity requirement
  • 13,333,333,333 laptops' electricity requirement
  • 20,000,000 radio stations' transmitter power
  • 83.3 x estimated peak electricity demand for NYC
  • 100 x US wind-power generation capacity
ONE TERADOLLAR =
  • 45,095,828 Toyoto Priuses
  • 8% of the U.S. GDP
  • 31.3 x endowment of Gates Fouyndation
  • 3,265,220 new American homes
  • 1 x estimated cost of the Iraq War
ONE TERAFLOP =
  • 100,000 486 PC's
  • 0.56 Playstation 3
  • 5000 iPods
  • 287 Pentium 4's
  • 10,000 Cray-1s
  • 1 Xbox 360
Your Task: Make up some of your own comparisons.....how about a Tera of them by next Monday.

Source: Patrick Di Justo's "Tera! Tera! Tera!" Wired, March 2007, p. 54