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07 October, 2020
WOP Will Assist in the Memory of Mankind Project to Protect Data for Future Generations

How much information is there in the world?

  • As of 2013, experts believed that 90% of the world’s data was generated just in 2 years – from 2011 to 2012.
  • In 2018, more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data were created every day.
  • By 2025, it’s estimated that 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally – that’s the equivalent of 212,765,957 DVDs per day!

The figures are worth thinking about – although we live in the age of mass production of information, we store this information on very vulnerable and transient data carriers with a very limited lifetime.

The digital age bears the risk that coming generations may be able to recall events before the 21st century but not their most recent past – a phenomenon that can be paraphrased as ‘Global Alzheimer’.

MOM – Memory of Mankind, has thought about it.

The project, created by Martin Kunze, intends to preserve today’s stories to enable the future to know their past.

In order to do so, ceramic data carriers which conserve analog text and images for unlimited intervals of time were developed.

The Memory of Mankind Archive is located deep in the world´s oldest salt mine in Hallstatt, Austria.

There, a data, written on ceramic data carriers, will be protected for at least 1 million years.

A tablet of Ceramic Microfilm (20×20 cm) can carry up to 5 million characters – this equals 5×400-pages books.

Here is the stage, Workshop of Photonics is excited to assist!

We will develop a laser system that will make it work – write down the data on ceramic tablets that will be stored for a million years.

More information about the MOM project: www.memory-of-mankind.com

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