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Back Up My Shoes

2:20 PM -- ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World (SNW) -- Storage managers, brace yourselves: You're about to have some storage problems you never dreamed of.

"How many of you woke up this morning thinking, 'Oh my gosh, I've got to worry about data coming into my systems from someone's running shoes,' " quipped technology forecaster Paul Saffo in his keynote address here at SNW this morning.

But with the growth of co-called interactive personal media, that kind of prospect isn't so far-fetched.

Saffo, whose credentials include degrees from Harvard, Stanford, and Cambridge, said we are moving into a new economy, in which folk consume and create a market at the same time.

His chief example was Second Life, an online community and "virtual world," in which residents create avatars to dress up, socialize, and buy and sell various items -- all in a world called "Linden."

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