Family photos and records used to be prized documents yet they waste away or are often lost. Digital technology means that no longer has to happen. But, asks Peter Cochrane, do we value our life bits? I have never been a brilliant photographer but occasionally - and mostly by accident, I have to say - I create a mini-masterpiece, something that deserves framing. It seems that all my life I have been snapping away accumulating more and more pictures - from my father's Box Brownie, through 35mm, to the latest digital marvel – I just keep accruing more and more pictures. As a result I have acres of folders and albums stretching back decades and I also inherited those from my father
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Peter Cochrane is an engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, futurist and consultant. He is the former CTO and head of research at BT, with a career in telecoms and IT spanning more than 40 years.