Kurt D. Bollacker:
I wondered: Had I had simply misplaced my faith, or was I missing something? Why are these new media types less durable? Shouldn't technology be getting better rather than worse? This mystery clamors for a little investigation.
Where do computer files go when you die?
So many things these days are made to look at later. Why not just have the experience and remember it?
John Maynard Keynes:
In the long run we are all dead.
It has always been this way.
But at forty-five you realize it.
Photographic prints, especially color prints, degrade badly over time. Edward Burtynsky went on a quest for a technical solution.
It is a clock, but it is designed to do something no clock has ever been conceived to do -- run with perfect accuracy for 10,000 years.
We're building a 10,000-year clock, designed by Danny Hillis, and we're figuring out what a 10,000-year library might be good for. If the clock or the library could be useful to things you want to happen in the world, how would you advise them to proceed?
Moe: Homer, you need to focus here. You gotta ... think hard, and come up with a slogan that appeals to all the lazy slobs out there.
Homer: Can't someone else do it?
Moe: "Can't someone else do it?", that's perfect!
Homer: It is?
Moe: Yeah! Now get out there and spread that message to the people!
Avoiding a Digital Dark Age