Long-time data storage: relevant time scales

Michael Curt Elwenspoek

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    Dynamic processes relevant for long-time storage of information about human kind are discussed, ranging from biological and geological processes to the lifecycle of stars and the expansion of the universe. Major results are that life will end ultimately and the remaining time that the earth is habitable for complex life is about half a billion years. A system retrieved within the next million years will be read by beings very closely related to Homo sapiens. During this time the surface of the earth will change making it risky to place a small number of large memory systems on earth; the option to place it on the moon might be more favorable. For much longer timescales both options do not seem feasible because of geological processes on the earth and the flux of small meteorites to the moon.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)19-36
    Number of pages18
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2011


    • long-term processes
    • memories
    • EWI-19606
    • Human Document Project
    • IR-75971
    • Data Storage
    • METIS-278702

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