Albert Einstein said of quantum mechanics: “I, at any rate, am convinced he does not throw dice” (he meaning god) often paraphrased as “God does not play dice.”This is probably a vision of one of the most profound scientific discontinuities of all time. Just as Newtonian physics and geometry was broken by Einstein's theory of relativity. Einstein's view of the predictable universe was shattered by quantum mechanics.
This is pretty heavy stuff for a computer technology essay, but there is a point. One of the more interesting things to happen in the data storage technology in the last few years is the technique of data block deduplication. This is a process by which computer files are analyzed for blocks, (fixed length quantities of data) that are the same as other blocks within the file or in other files. Then, as blocks are found to be duplicative, only a single block is stored with the other identical blocks referencing the first one. It seems pretty obvious, right?