Martin Kunze (MOM, Austria)

Since present methods of keeping records are not sufficient to transport contents over more than one generation (in best case!)  MOM goes a completely different way. At first sight looking anachronistic, analogue  information on data carriers, physically recognizable as such, turns out to be the best way to transmit our present stories not only to the next but one generation but also 1 million years into the future. My lecture covers the human desire to leave a trace, and which traces we actually leave behind. An elaborated part of the lecture focusses on the questions: How will we be remembered? and: How will we be remembered? Some aspects help to answer this

  • What would a random fragment of our present data contain?
  • How long can we afford to keep "everything"?
  • Is digital data decodable in a not so far future at all?
  • Who will pay for blog accounts of deceased blog writers?

The distrubing answers will inevitabely lead to the conclusion:  We should select today what we want to be kept for tomorrow.In consequence the Memory of Mankind project is introduced. I explain the techniques applied and the properties of the venue of the MOM archive. Of course a broad focus is directed to the content of MOM and the methods to collect it - and also how to decipher and interpret it in the future.A ceramic token, distributed to everyone participating, is the "treasure map" to this archive - and simultaneously the barrier against unauthorized access by an "immature" society. At the end i cover the crucial question, WHY we should have MOM and who the possible addressees might be.