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Earth black box recorder - fantasy or good idea?

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--- Quote from: T3sl4co1l on December 07, 2021, 05:48:32 pm ---Atari ET carts, anyone?


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Oh dear god NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


--- Quote from: SiliconWizard on December 07, 2021, 05:08:45 pm ---Thing is, we know by now that our new technologies are a lot less durable than many primitive ones. Yes we can find artifacts from tens, or even hundreds of thousands of years ago, some being almost intact. What are the odds of finding anything we produce today intact in even a couple centuries from now? Almost zero....

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Most likely, especially with the massive growth in digital media and the massive reduction in print media. Technology is a bit like fast fashion in a way.


--- Quote from: babysitter on December 06, 2021, 08:02:48 pm ---A lot of thought went into figuring out a way to clearly mark nuclear waste as dangerous to further generations, considering the knowlwdge of the "trifoil" symbol will go someday:

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Why bother? Simply make it difficult enough for people to access, that those with the technology to do so, will be able to assess the risks. A stone age society will not have the ability to dig up some nuclear waste buried 5km underground.

--- Quote from: T3sl4co1l on December 07, 2021, 05:48:32 pm ---No different from modern archaeology; it's well appreciated that the ancients only wrote down their victories, presumably primarily for purposes of contemporary propaganda (e.g. highly visible monuments).  Just means they have to find alternate sources for direct or inferred knowledge.  Ultimately it will be our proverbial bitbuckets that provide the most interesting, general and unfiltered, information of us.

Atari ET carts, anyone?


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It's also been the more technically advanced peoples, who are generally more literate, who win. The losers often have lots of their history and culture destroyed: monuments and buildings ruined, documents deleted and languages replaced with the colonizers'.  Sometimes the colonial powers will record the culture they've invaded, but it will be from their perspective and they will describe it and the people as inferior, backward, savage, barbarians. Fining out the truth is often difficult because everyone has their own bias, so it's difficult to find out exactly what happened, especially in the case of illiterate societies.

How about Mr. Yuk?


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