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Loquacity on machine v. Realtor As I perused Trulia's 2014 annual report (just posted on the SEC's website this morning), I was struck by the staggering amount of data the online real estate giant generates and keeps track of. Trulia says it manages "over one terabyte of data on a daily basis." So how does that compare to human data storage capacity, say an everyday Realtor? Humans have the capacity for “10 terabytes to 100 terabytes of storage, though the full spectrum of guesses ranges from 1 terabyte to 2.5 petabytes. One terabyte is equal to about 1,000 gigabytes or about 1 million megabytes; a petabyte is about 1,000 terabytes,” according to a report by Slate senior editor Forrest Wickman. You with me? Couple of considerations: Trulia is storing and processing that amount of data daily, which means by the end of the year, the online company stores 365 terabytes, outdoing the Realtor. Oh well. Now, where does all of that data come from? 114 million properties...