Magnetic tape is humanity’s best hope for preserving its history

Scientists are currently working on way to ensure that the whole of humanity’s history doesn’t become lost in time. Modern data storage methods are efficient and have a lot of space but lack longevity, so a long lasting alternative needs to be found. While the scientists have experimented with tings quartz crystal or silicon nitrate-coated tungsten, it seems like the best method of data storage is still magnetic tape. 

The future of human history has a pretty ironic problem. While scientific and cultural information about the Earth and human civilization is being pumped out at exponential rates, we’ve yet to find a way to preserve today’s deluge of data that works better than the Neanderthal-esque approach of carving messages into rock.

Categorized as Offbeat

By Louie Baur

+Louie Baur is Editor at Long Beach Louie, a Long Beach Restaurant Review site as well as Skateboard Park. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *