A less-than-surprising host for this story: Kurzweil: Accelerating Intelligence has a story about hyperarchives: “A Billion Year Storage Medium That Could Outlive the Human Race.”
Researcher Dr. Jeroen de Vries from the University of Twente MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology suggests we could store data for one million to one billion years, using a new storage medium based on tungsten and graphene oxide.
He imagines two possible scenarios:
- Disaster has devastated the earth and society must rebuild the world
- We need to create a legacy for future intelligent life that evolves on Earth or comes from other worlds.
And so obviously these speculative futures require that we need to invent storage archives that will outlive us. Viva the archive!
I am honored to have received this year’s Schachterle Prize from The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts for my essay, “The Inverted Nuke in the Garden: Anti-Eschatology and Archival Emergence in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest,” which appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of boundary 2. This year’s conference was nothing short of incredible, and it remains one of the most vibrant, stimulating, and humbling conferences I have attended. I will probably post my own paper from the conference in a few days.
I’m headed off to this year’s Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference at Notre Dame this weekend. I will be presenting my paper, “Infinite Oppenheimer’s and Postnatural Metahistory: Jonathan Hickman’s The Manhattan Projects” Sunday Morning at 9:30. I posted an abstract of the paper previously, and I will probably post the entire paper this coming week. Looking forward to a fun conference.
Jeff Oaks, my colleague at Pitt, has some interesting thoughts on today’s government shutdown.
And Slate has an interesting new feature “in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.” First up, “If It Happened There . . . the Government Shutdown,” written by Joshua Keating.