YouTube Uploads Hit 72 Hours A Minute: How Can That Ever Be Pre-Screened For 'Objectionable' Material?
from the moore's-law-strikes-again dept
YouTube has announced that 72 hours of video is now being uploaded to its service every minute. Earlier this year, the statistic was that 60 hours of video was uploaded to its service every minute:
In 2007 we started at six hours [of uploads per minute], then in 2010 we were at 24 hours, then 35, then 48, and now…60 hours of video every minute, an increase of more than 25 percent in the last eight months.
This year, a 25% increase will probably take around around six months. In other words, the rate at which uploads occur is accelerating. Presumably at some point things will level off, but there’s no sign of that yet, and it’s not hard to see YouTube video uploads hitting 120 hours a minute or more.
Now consider the calls from some governments that Google and others pre-screen user-generated material. Just how do they think anyone can do that when every second there’s one or more hours of new material flooding in? The challenge is particularly acute for video, which does not lend itself to automatic screening, unlike text, say. Such machine-based approaches are still extremely rough, and will either let through material governments want censored, or else err massively in the other direction, blocking all kinds of harmless footage.
As Google’s latest figures for YouTube demonstrate, the mismatch between what governments want and what is possible is only going to get worse, thanks to Moore’s Law and its analogs for storage and bandwidth. It’s not clear how this is going to be resolved, but with more and more politicians calling for “something to be done”, the chances of a good outcome based on rational policy making don’t look good.