An indestructible “black box” will record in every detail the destruction of our planet

In a remote corner of the Earth – hidden somewhere on the remote Australian island of Tasmania – a strange structure is about to witness and record the end of the world as we know it.

The project, called “Earth’s Black Box”, is a giant steel plant, which will soon be filled with hard drives powered by solar panels, each of which will record and maintain a stream of real-time scientific updates and analysis for the gloomiest issues facing the world.

Information related to climate change, species extinction, environmental pollution and health effects will all be recorded in the monolithic structure – so that if a future society one day discovers the archive, it can compose pieces of what happened on our planet.

“If we do not dramatically transform our way of life, climate change and other anthropogenic dangers will cause our culture to collapse,” explains Earth’s Black Box. “The Black Box of the Earth will record every step we take towards this catastrophe. “Hundreds of data sets, measurements and interactions related to the health of our planet will be continuously collected and stored securely for future generations.”

In a sense, the box, which is reminiscent of the brutal design of Norway’s famous “Doomsday Vault”, serves a somewhat complementary purpose. Although the Svalbard World Seed Treasury is a fortress designed to protect a vital backup of the world’s seeds in the event of the worst, the Earth’s Black Box is designed to be a constant record of the world’s path to a terrible condition.

“The idea is that if the Earth is destroyed as a result of climate change, this indestructible recorder will be there for anyone left to learn from,” said Jim Curtis, creative director at Clemenger BBDO, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (ABC).
“It’s also there for leaders to be held accountable – to ensure that their action or inaction is recorded.”

The project – a collaboration between Clemenger BBDO, the creative company The Glue Society and researchers at the University of Tasmania – is expected to be completed at its unknown location in early 2022, but the box systems are already partially active, as they “record live »Environmental updates in a trial version.

Part of the purpose of the project, say the creators of the box, is to help remove humanity from disaster scenarios, so that today’s society can act more progressively and responsibly in terms of climate action and environmental management.

While some may underestimate Earth’s Black Box as a public relations stunt designed to grab people’s attention – as opposed to a serious piece of scientific work – there is no doubt that people urgently need more attention and action in these areas. issues, regardless of the means used for this purpose.

In a world where ice sheets are destabilizing in response to unprecedented levels of global warming, where greenhouse gas emissions are heading in the wrong direction, where water is running out and animals are disappearing at such a rate that scientists say we have entered the sixth mass disappearance of our planet, it is not the right time to judge the positive efforts.

“The purpose of the construction is to provide an unbiased description of the events leading up to the extinction of the planet, to put future generations before their responsibilities and to inspire urgent action,” say the creators of Earth’s Black Box. “How the story ends is up to us”

Source:

www.sciencealert.com/this-mysterious-indestructible-black-box-will-tell-the-future-what-happened-to-us


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