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April 17, 2017

The biggest obstacle to ensuring the 10,000 Year Clock actually lasts 10,000 years is


the obstacle it seeks to overcome.
“When you start thinking about building something that lasts that long, the real problem is not decay and corrosion, or even the power source. The real problem is people,” Danny Hillis wrote in Wired in 1995. “If something becomes unimportant to people, it gets scrapped for parts; if it becomes important, it turns into a symbol and must eventually be destroyed. The only way to survive over the long run is to be made of materials large and worthless, like Stonehenge and the Pyramids, or to become lost. The Dead Sea Scrolls managed to survive by remaining lost for a couple millennia. Now that they’ve been located and preserved in a museum, they’re probably doomed. I give them two centuries — tops.” Forever Now — Real Life

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 17, 2017 11:22 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Interesting concept, although the article is pretty difficult to slog through.

If only we could get the members of the Most Important Generation in History to go off and be paralyzed by their own karma vertigo, in some corner somewhere, and leave the rest of us to go on and build the future just as we have been doing for the last 15,000 years...

Posted by: The HammerToss at April 17, 2017 3:15 PM

Every affection that depends on some thing, when the thing is gone the affection is gone. And that which is not dependant on some thing, is never gone.
-- Ethics of the Fathers

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 17, 2017 8:40 PM

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