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#70109 - 04/08/06 12:53 The Million Years Answering Machine
jcl Offline

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Registered: 07/22/00
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Loc: Frankfurt
Imagine. You're calling someone, but he's not at home. The only thing you're getting is his answering machine. What's more, you learn that he won't be back for a million years. Will you leave him a message?

Suppose the guy you're calling is mankind - the generation in a million years from now. Earth will still be habitable then, and thus in all likelihood an intelligent species will still live on earth. Whether they're human or not, they might be interested in a message from you.

Suppose we had a server to store about 10 KB of data for everyone of the 6.5 billion people living on earth today, and we had some means to store that data for a million years. Would you be interested in leaving some trace in time, in form of a text message, a sort of personal manifesto or an overview of your personal philosophy, to be read in a million years? And shall your message also be publicly visible to all generations inbetween? Please take a minute to fill in the poll.

Would you leave a million years message?
Only one choice allowed

Votes accepted starting: 04/08/06 12:53
View the results of this poll.

#70110 - 04/08/06 13:11 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: jcl]
Silent_Assassin Offline

Registered: 06/29/05
Posts: 734
Loc: Under your couch
wow answering machines last that long

i said yes,i would leave a private message.
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#70111 - 04/08/06 14:22 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: Silent_Assassin]
Damocles Offline

Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 4301
what do you mean with a private message?
to your grand grand grand .... grand..
..grand daughter?

#70112 - 04/08/06 14:38 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: Damocles]
xoNoid Offline

Registered: 09/14/02
Posts: 758
Loc: Sunny Scotland
Its funny how people feel that they have to leave some legacy of their existance. As if being dead is not so bad as long as someone remembers you...

#70113 - 04/08/06 18:31 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: xoNoid]
fastlane69 Offline
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Registered: 03/29/03
Posts: 5377
Loc: USofA
Definitely public for private makes no sense in a million years.
But what to say, what to say?

Option 1
Leave about two minutes of heavy breathing just to mess with future-kind:

"Facinating, Xynoplex456... this message has a new language. We must decipher!"
"Yes, Grtoflex678, and we will not rest until we figure out what this means!"

Option 2
"Call me back when you can"

Option 3
"Is this Dave? Is Dave home?"

Option 4
"Ooops, sorry, wrong number."

#70114 - 04/08/06 18:35 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: fastlane69]
Sebe Offline
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Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 1380
Loc: Switzerland; Zurich
I'd choose the public message. Content: "Hi all, I'm a homo sapiens sapiens, the species that lived on earth long before you. Yeah, we were just too dumb to survive, killing each other was just more fun than living in together in peace. Have a nice life, maybe we see each other when you're dead too "

#70115 - 04/08/06 20:25 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: Sebe]
ROMAC Offline

Registered: 09/30/03
Posts: 2174
Loc: Israel, Haifa
"So.... When will A7 come out?"

#70116 - 04/08/06 21:22 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: ROMAC]
Damocles Offline

Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 4301

"do you know when Duke Nukem Forever will be released?"

with them replying:

when its done...


#70117 - 04/09/06 00:01 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: Damocles]
GhostwriterDoF Offline

Registered: 02/12/06
Posts: 202
Loc: Southern California, USA
A digital time capsule? Sounds like something that could be possible with data banks of flashcard type storage cababilities in a special indestructable library.

10kb is not a lot of space though jcl . I would leave one of my favorite systems of philosophy that I created in a single scanned image. I already have a document suitable for this. If allowed more space I would leave the best of my writings and artwork.
The rivers of time erode away the mountains of existence...

#70118 - 04/09/06 01:00 Re: The Million Years Answering Machine [Re: GhostwriterDoF]
Damocles Offline

Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 4301
there are actually these attempts, scientists print data on glastubes, and
store them in underground salt-mines.
This is ment to save works of literature and science for future generations.

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