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Do We Own Our Data, Or Does It Own Us? Thoughts On Information

Think about all the information you take in, any day of the week. Think as well about all the information you put out in the world, through personal contacts or social media.

We put a lot of time and energy into preserving that information, and scientist/science writer Caleb Scharf says all that stuff is taking on a life of its own, affecting human development along with its own evolution.

Scharf's book is The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life's Unending Algorithm.

We visit with the author, fully prepared to have our minds at least partially blown.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.