“What if ants were as big as dinosaurs?” I remember asking my kids that question, forever ago when they were young. Maybe the thought came from reruns of old monster movies, like the 1954 classic Them! (pictured here). Anyway, it was a cool game, for as the ant’s size multiplies, the laws of math, physics, and biology play their part:
- The ant’s exoskeleton wouldn’t be strong enough to support the increased weight, so an internal skeleton is needed.
- Gravity would play havoc with the ant’s open circulatory system, so a closed system is crucial.
- The ant’s energy needs would soar, and so a different diet and digestive system are required.
- The ant’s newfound size would totally alter its place in the food chain (The Lion King, “Circle of Life,” right?), driving fundamental changes in behaviors and capabilities.
- And on, and on.
Until, we finally end up with an ant the size of a dinosaur … that looks a lot like a dinosaur.
But what’s this have to do with Information Governance?