Bruce Momjian: Will Postgres live forever? – Forever Is a Long Time

So let’s start talking about forever, forever is a long time and I really have trouble understanding what that is, for example, the agent universe, computed to be something like 13 billion years. So that’s really hard to imagine for any of us, Age of the Earth, similar age of civilization. 6000 years, obviously very small, compared to the age of the universe or of the civilized era versus the age of the Earth. Again, you’re talking a tiny percentage and the digital era, it might as well be zero, right? And it’s so small, and the weird part is we will grow up in this digital era. 

Even people obviously, the Internet came, we got on the internet, I think in ‘90, 1990, 1991. I had to explain to people what email was right, what a website was, what usenet was. So there are people now obviously growing up, who are you know, they know the internet from when they’re six, right? We have somebody living with us currently who’s six years old. And she knows what the internet is, you know, I certainly didn’t, we didn’t have it when I was six years old, I didn’t have it when I was 16 years old. Right? We barely had it when I was 26 years old. So again, the year that we’re talking about is very small. 

And there’s some patterns that I don’t think we’ve really internalized yet. There’s some things about the digital era we’re living in that we’re just kind of figuring out because, again, civilization 6000 years, the digital era is very small compared to that. And what I’m going to basically do is open up some of that and talk about what conclusions can we come to where open source is going in all of this? Why do some software projects stop? Why does some software go obsolete? Right? And what does that mean for us, as engineers, because we need to predict what the future is going to be. We can’t do that if we don’t know what the past was, right?

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