posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 03:43 PM
Here's an interesting thought...
...how much of our digitized information will survive the future, or be able to be accessed by archeologist of the future?
Future archeologists may know less about us than we know about our predecessors. Civilizations in the past used physical writing and visual media --
books, paintings, stone carvings, etc. -- to store their information. A far smaller percentage of our civilization's information is stored on this
Even if the actual digital media containing those digital records from today survives for -- say -- 1000 years, there is a chance that future
archeologist won't know what to do with the digital media...would they even be able to play it?
You may laugh, but computer experts today would have a difficult time finding the equipment to read the old reel-to-reel computer storage tapes from
the 1960s -- and that was only 40 or 50 years ago. Just think about 1000 years. Future archeologists will need to "re-invent" the DVD reader in
order to access some of our 21st century information, or be able to access the information on a 1000-year old hard drive from a 21st century computer.
Good luck getting that computer to work.
Obviously some information will continually be converted to the "next storage system", then the next, then the next, and possibly survive the next
1000 years in a readable fashion, but I'm sure that MOST information will not. I'm sure that there is information on those old 1960s reel-to-reels
that have never been put on 21st-century storage media.
The bottom line is that the future may have a tough time finding out information about us. Ironically, they may be able to know more about the 19th
century than about the 21st.
[edit on 12/10/2009 by Soylent Green Is People]