Australia is going to build an unbreakable ‘black box’ early next year, apparently to document civilizations’ demise. The monolith will track our progress towards disaster, hoping to prevent future civilizations from repeating our errors.
It seems the makers have already concluded that civilization will collapse, and they want to keep a record of it.
The recorder will act like an airplane’s black box, according to the (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ABC. It will gather “contextual data” including newspaper headlines, social media postings, and significant conclusions from conferences like COP. Also, it will gather “measurements of land and sea temperatures, ocean acidification, atmospheric CO2, species extinction, and land-use changes, as well as things like human population, military spending, and energy consumption”.
The “bus-sized”, according to The Times, solar-powered gadget will be loaded with storage disks and connected to the internet, with batteries providing backup power. The unbreakable steel and granite box can purportedly hold almost half a century’s worth of data. It is set to be built on remote land located in Tasmania.
“The idea is if the Earth does crash as a result of climate change, this indestructible recording device will be there for whoever’s left to learn from that,” Jim Curtis, a co-creator of the project, told the ABC. “It’s also there to hold leaders to account – to make sure their action or inaction is recorded.”
According to the makers, they cannot predict what will exactly happen if civilization does collapse and a future generation ends up finding the box. “It’s impossible to anticipate who or what will find it,” they said. “But it can be assumed that it will not be of any use unless it is discovered by someone or something… with the capability of understanding and interpreting basic symbolism.”
“We are exploring the possibility of including an electronic reader that stays within the box and will be activated upon exposure to sunlight, also reactivating the box if it has entered a long-term dormant state as a result of catastrophe,” they continued.
The box is already at work recording but apparently it won’t be ready until next year. Those interested in seeing its data bank may do so following its introduction. Visitors to the monolith will be able to connect wirelessly, but the creators haven’t said what the purpose was.
So, what do you think? Is our destiny already set in stone?
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