Looking at the history, is there any library/knowledge storage that made it through the past 2000 years without losing knowledge due to fire, raids, weird leaders, …?

I couldn't come up with one. But maybe you know better than me!

@mark To be honest, I don't think the medium is the problem. Ancient Egypt as well as many other historical nations have shown that. Put it in stone, as soon as people find it again, they start making sense out of it.

But where to store it? It has to be both: easy to find by archaeologists but hard to be destroyed in catastrophes, different political systems, …

And finally the encoding has to be crackable by humans who are not familiar with the technology when starting.

The medium can be a real problem...
- environmental degradation
- technologies move on
How many of us could 'read' a cassette tape, or floppydisk of the last 50 years, never mind a wax disc - if one had survived - from 100 years ago?

@mark Agreed. But I was more thinking of "What is a problem we need to solve, that previous generations never got right" and there I think the mentioned ancient nations simply put stuff in stone and that worked rather well. While DNA is a rather unproven idea which might works out, but only when we solve the "Where to store it" problem. I mean, even when we store the entire knowledge in DNA, how does one find it? How does one interpret it?

:) yeah. If the answer is unencoded, there's the issue of the sheer amount of it. And how to access a relevant portion amid an ocean of text.

@mark a ton of thought went Into these, but they have yet to prove themselves:

I did have an idea for an art installation a long time ago : engrave all a nation's laws onto large sheets of clear glass (a metaphor for transparency and openness. Enamel the lettering, and then ply the glass between 2 other pieces of glass to give it strength.

But then I realised that Law is actually a fairly maleable thing. Maybe #Hansard is best!


A very interesting read! Thanks for sharing. :)

@claudius @mark that's super awesome and exactly what I thought about!

Thank you very much for the link.

@sheogorath @mark I particularly like one of the key design elements: that it teaches you how to read it with that spiral pattern that starts out large.
The Long Now foundation also once had a (pretty much failed) attempt at a 10.000 year clock:
It's really fascinating to think in timespans like these.

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