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Blog Archive for the ‘Digital Dark Age’ Category

World’s Largest Audio-Visual Archive

by Kevin Kelly on March 29th, 02008

Long Now member John La Grou files this report:

Will the music of Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald be heard 100 generations from now? A major gift from David Packard has greatly increased the long odds on that. David’s $150M bequeath, the largest private gift ever to the U.S. legislative branch, launched the. . .   Read More

Worlds oldest audio recording

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 28th, 02008

 Red Orbit is reporting that what may be the oldest recording of the human voice known has been reproduced with the help of some folks at Berkeley Labs.  They started with paper representations of the French “phonautographs”… The U.S. experts made high-resolution digital scans of the paper. According to First Sounds, scientists at the Lawrence […]

Long-Term Digital Dilemma

by Kevin Kelly on December 24th, 02007

The New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter both have recently written about a new 74-page report from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called “The Digital Dilemma: Strategic Issues in Archiving and Accessing Digital Motion Picture Materials” (not yet online).

The paper addresses a perennial Long Now concern: the ephemeral nature. . .   Read More

First Photo from Space

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 19th, 02007

Above is the first known image ever taken from space and our first image of the really ‘big here’. It was shot from a captured German V2 rocket launched after WWII from White Sands missile range. You can find more about the effort in this excellent article in Air & Space magazine (also the really. . .   Read More

Pioneer Anomaly

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 11th, 02007

I have been following this interesting space craft-gone-long-term-science experiment for a while. Since being launched 1972 and 1973 the Pioneer 10 & 11 doppler based location measurements have drifted off their predicted paths . This is known as the Pioneer Anomaly and may tell us something new about physics and gravity once. . .   Read More

Digitization And Its Discontents

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 6th, 02007

In the recent New Yorker is an excellent article by Grafton on creating the Universal Library with our modern digital tools. (sent in by Long Now member Bryan Campen) Most interesting is its historical survey of the universal library idea, which reminded me of Alex Wright’s work. The article shows how fraught with pitfalls. . .   Read More

The Battle of Anghiari

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 23rd, 02007

Peter Paul Rubens’s copy of a copy of Da Vinci’s The Battle of Anghiari
I just received this update on the lost Davinci painting The Battle of Anghiari from Davide Bocelli, a Long Now member and long time friend of the Foundation in Italy… This is a good reminder how difficult it can. . .   Read More

100,000-Year Memory Candidate

by Kevin Kelly on September 24th, 02007

DVDs don’t. Tape doesn’t. Paper won’t. But rock does. In fact carved rock is about the only medium we have that might last 100,000 years. Most of our current electronic media will hardly last several decades. You need to continuously migrate info from one platform to the next as the current. . .   Read More

Steamboat Willie opens a gap in the New York Times

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 17th, 02007

In today’s New York Times is an article explaining how they are going to open their archives and web site up – sort of. It is indeed great they are taking away the requirement of logging in to see articles, and they are allowing free access to the “TimeSelect” service (previously $8/month).

The most. . .   Read More

Diamond Synchrotron to read the past

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 13th, 02007

The BBC is reporting on a new super bright x-ray source called a “Diamond Synchotron” (yes really) that could be used to view previously unreadable ancient texts. The synchotron could even be used to finish reading the parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls that have yet to even be unrolled due to their fragility. . .   Read More