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c in dc
c in dc
1032 posts

eternal iPod

Read this today in Scientific American:

"Really Long-Term Memory
Preserving information for future generations has prompted some concern for digital archivists [see “Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Documents”; SciAm, January 1995]. For instance, today’s memory cards, holding 10 to 100 gigabits per square inch, last only 10 to 30 years. A solution could lie with an experimental memory device based on an iron nanoparticle that travels inside a carbon nanotube between two electrical contacts; an applied voltage shuttles the nanoparticle between the contacts. The device, described in the June 10 Nano Letters, can hold one trillion bits per square inch, and theoretical calculations suggest that the system could remain thermodynamically stable for one billion years. Don’t bother with the extended warranty."

Imagine the lucky Milkyway mammal that will rediscover "Miss Modular" on one of these storage devices in a billion years. The song will probably still sound both retro and futuristic at the same time even then.

Aug 02, 2009, 22:50


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Left Boob Oscillator
Left Boob Oscillator
1371 posts

Re: eternal iPod

In a billion years there will be no humans.

Aug 03, 2009, 16:02


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s_lush_s
s_lush_s
7383 posts

Re: eternal iPod

maybe it will travel to another galaxy!

Aug 03, 2009, 17:21


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c in dc
c in dc
1032 posts

Re: eternal iPod

Left Boob Oscillator wrote:
In a billion years there will be no humans.


Damn dirty apes!

Aug 03, 2009, 17:23


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jauntymonty
jauntymonty
1623 posts

Re: eternal iPod

It is said that the insects will inherit the Earth. Perhaps they will have evolved into an intelligent species by that time and can rock out with some of the electronic insect orchestras used in Stereolab compositions.

Aug 03, 2009, 17:49


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guero
170 posts

Re: eternal iPod

Left Boob Oscillator wrote:
In a billion years there will be no humans.


I don't know about that... Homo Sapiens is like cockroaches and will survive in one way or another, I'm afraid.

Aug 03, 2009, 18:36