A Visualization of the Space That Bytes on the Internet Would Occupy in Comparison to Real World Objects

3D animator Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudios (previously) visualized the space that bytes on the Internet would occupy if they were imagined to be 1mm³. For example, using this ratio, a 100 MB would be smaller than a typical soda can, while 1 PB (Petabyte) would be taller than the Statue of Liberty. All information on the internet in 2001 would be represented by 1 EB Exabyte and one ZB (Zettabyte) in 2020. 1 YB (Yottabyte) of information would cover the better part of North America.

Scale representation of the space that the bytes would occupy if each one measured 1 mm3
Byte ? kilobyte ? megabyte ? gigabyte ? terabyte ? petabyte ? exabyte ? zettabyte ? yottabyte

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.