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An indigenous secret. There are many things that qualify. How to survive in your area. A local resource. A culture, just waiting to be lost. But, wait.

Let's fast forward. Fifty years. A century. A millennium. Where will humanity be now? Will we have managed to preserve this earth? Will there be anyone still around? Will we have colonies on distant planets? What will have happened to our original, humble home? If you take the long view, this is the ultimate indigenous secret: what is Earth and what was it like?

How do you preserve the entirety of the earth, while still making it durable? It's hard—and near impossible. But, even with today's technologies, you could give a future explorer a small taste of our brief but glorious history as a species.

Prototype
Material: paper, consumer flash drive.

Prototype 2 (as soon as I can get the materials):
Etched plastic cubes

Final product
Material: etched aluminum, hardened flash memory, etched disc

So, how would you do it? I was inspired by the Voyager Golden Record, a record sent out into space with the Voyager spacecraft on the off chance of an extraterrestrial encounter. That represented all of humankind. My cubes are a very simple take off on them. Right now, they're made of paper, but, eventually, they would be made of coated aluminum, laser etched with images. Inside, a securely-cased flash drive with images and videos, along with a backup etched disc would ride along wherever the cube would be passed. Think of it as the ultimate time capsule.


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