Earth’s Black Box will record all the mistakes of humanity before its demise
In a secret place in the wilderness of Tasmania, a giant steel box will soon appear, which must survive the end of the world in order to tell the surviving people in the future exactly how humanity fell. The joint project of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Glue Society creative agency and the University of Tasmania is called the “Black Box of the Earth”. It is conceived in the image of the “Doomsday Vault” on Svalbard, but it will contain not seeds, but information about global mistakes and miscalculations of humanity.
The famous comedian George Carlin once uttered the prophetic phrase “Everything is fine with the planet. This is the end of humanity.” And in the light of current climate and weather events, the situation in the economy and politics, the threat of a pandemic and depopulation, this does not seem to be an exaggeration. Rather, the question is only “when” and “how exactly” our civilization will be destroyed. Humans, as a species, are very likely to survive, and it will not hurt them to later learn about the mistakes of the past masters of the Earth, as we naively call ourselves.
Technically, this is a huge safe with a lot of data storage inside, whose systems are powered by solar panels. It is unclear where the “black box” gets information from and exactly what facts it records. It is unknown how long such a system will be able to work autonomously, how it will survive cataclysms, such as volcanic eruptions or floods. But this is secondary, the main thing is to make it clear to those in power that from now on the history of their mistakes and wrong decisions about the fate of the planet is recorded. Perhaps this will encourage them to behave more cautiously and responsibly.