The whole human memory can be, and probably in a short time will be, made accessible to every individual.... It need not be concentrated in any one single place.... It can be reproduced exactly and fully, in Peru, China, Iceland, Central Africa, or wherever else seems to afford an insurance against danger and interruption.

-- H.G. Wells "World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia". Encyclopédie Française, August, 1937

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