According to Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, digital files will disappear in the future as a result of various legal, political, and technical trials of archiving both documents and the technology needed to view them. He contends that while preserving digital files is easy enough, storing hardware as virtual, software-based machinery is trickier, since engineers would have to literally convert physical parts into working computer codes. What does this mean? If you like keeping photos on your iPhone, for instance, your files may one day become obsolete.
Fortunately, there is a way for you to make your photos last: print them out. If properly stored, a printed photo can last for around 200 years or more. How else could you explain those vintage Civil War photographs surviving to modern times? That being said, a printed photo is safe from crashes, hacking, viruses, and problems brought about by out-of-date software or hardware.