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“Only those who know their past will have a future” – Wilhelm von Humboldt
Today the predominant way to publish is online.
Printed books will still be readable in 100 or 1000 years, whereas blogs and online-journals will vanish comparatively fast.
The generation of our grandchildren may be able to recall events prior to the 21st century but not their most recent past – a phenomenon that can be paraphrased as ‘Global Alzheimer’.
The MOM project aims to preserve today’s stories in order to pass on our present to give the future a past.
A gift both to our grandchildren and to a civilization far beyond the digital age.
So we leave more than nuclear waste, global warming and countless energy drink cans …
Memory of Mankind, one of the most ambitious time capsules of humankind
The most durable data carriers (in the form of ceramic tablets), stored deep in the oldest salt mine in the world will carry our stories hundreds of thousand of years into the future.
Everyone can participate within drawing this portrait of our era: You can contribute a personal story, your favorite poem, or newspaper articles which describe our problems, visions or our daily life.
To give everyone on the globe the chance (regardless of origin or income) to contribute to MOM, the storing of texts in this archive is free of charge.
You can also support MOM with funds or purchase your personal tablet with texts and images combined (and receive a duplicate which you can pass on to your own offspring!)
What is MOM?
The digital age carries with it the risk that records will either become swiftly illegible or completely vanish. (admittedly for 99% of the internet’s contents this is presumably not a …
How is information kept legible for 1 million years?
A durable data carrier is crucial. We use high-tech ceramic to store text and images permanently. In addition, the legibility needs to be guaranteed. The information in MOM is directly …
What gets selected for MOM?
First of all, MOM is not a backup of our knowledge. Knowledge gets modified and expands. Societies in the future who are capabale of discovering MOM will be at least …
How can MOM ever be discovered in the future?
A buried treasure such as the MOM archive needs to be marked somehow in order to be retrievable in the future. If we would find something comparable today, we would …
Who is supposed to find MOM?
The addressees of MOM are clearly identified: A society which has reached at least a technologically industrialized level similar to our own. Any society, whose educational foundation is based upon …
The big oblivion or the age of morons?
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Every 50 years…
In order to keep the memory of the MOM archive alive, we established a memorial procedure; every 50 years, starting in 2070, all holders of a token should gather and …
What’s already within MOM?
The content of MOM is split into three Sections (see: >> What gets selected for MOM) The first category (automatically collected contents) is under-construction and some newspapers have already agreed …
How can I participate in MOM?
contribute text | donate | volunteer | purchase a MOM tablet as a gift
MOM is a global project, independent of origin or income.
A remarkable quote, a text from your favourite book, an article from the news or your personal message to the future.
MOM is an initiative of enthusiasts.
Nevertheless there are costs to bear. You can help to make MOM the greatest time capsule of humankind!
An unforgettable experience to work on the most ambitious time capsule!
Some things only happen when skills get united – play an active role in MOM!
An exceptional gift: A taste of immortality for someone extraordinary.
For a birthday, wedding, company’s anniversary,…
Along with a duplicate-tablet as present or to pass on to the offspring.
Where is the MOM archive?
An adequate place for a long term storage of that kind has some crucial specifications:
- The archive should be deep under the surface to be protected against erosion.
- The archive should not be affected by a change in the sea level.
- The geological structure of the surrounding rock must not destroy the archive.
- The archive should seal itself by natural processes within one or two generations.
- The surrounding landscape should enable to define the position by landmarks, both in small and large scales.
The saltmine in Hallstatt/Austria fulfills these demands. Beside it is the oldest saltmine in the world with 7000 years of perpetual mining, being part of the UNESCO world heritage site Hallstatt/Dachstein.
How can the MOM Archive be recovered?
The Long Now Foundation
Who cares for MOM?
A couple of people help with ideas, advice, inspiration, experise and administration. Meet some here:
Martin KunzeArtist & Founder of MOM
Claudia Theune-VogtDEKANINE OF HISTORICAL-CULTURAL SCIENCES FACULTY AND PROFESSOR OF HISTORICAL ARCHEOLOGY, university of vienna
Claudio Pescatoreformer Principal Administrator, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris now research affiliate, Linnaeus University Kalmar, Sweden
Cathrine PlautCommunication & Conferences
Bernhard HöfnerWeb Appearance & Advisor
Isn´t it an exciting era we live in?
Within a generation we wittness our worlds fundamental change. So many stories to be told, some with pride, some with regret, some are touching, and - to be honest - some of them at least embarrassing. MOM tells our story, complete, not whitewashed. If we dont write it down now, it will probably be lost forever.
Public national archives are subject to state-controlled requirements.
MOM is not bound to these aims. This time capsule however contains documents, which seem not worthwhile being preserved on the first sight, but representing a reflection of ourselves, of our time and therefore being of cultural-historic value on the long term.
How to keep the MOM Archive alive?
It was Claudio´s idea to create a mechanism in the presence to keep the memory of MOM alive: The ceremonial handover of the token from grandparents to grandchildren and the gathering of MOM tokens holders every 50 years.
The Memory of Mankind involves everyone around the world
The Memory of Mankind involves everyone around the world, fundamentally this means we all have a part to play in protection and preservation of the worlds history. For this aim to work we must use every possible source available to record and protect as much as we can for future generations. We cannot predict what will happen in the future so we must protect our history now
The Memory of Mankind Project is an expression of human creativity
The Memory of Mankind Project is an expression of human creativity and the desire to leave something of ourselves for distant generations to discover and from which they may learn. Now the project has a handsomely designed new website that describes the project and the opportunities for public participation. Just thinking about this project provides a time perspective that puts the events of our own time into proper historical context.
When we try to look back into the past
When we try to look back into the past, we are often confronted with the lack of tangible information, privately and in general as well. The Memory of Mankind project offers the opportunity to create together something about our times really to grasp, in the truest sense of the word. Thus it will become to a true treasury chamber for our followers - and perhaps even to a colourful business card for ET. On the Moon, too!
MOM offers a possibility to complement archives
The nuclear industry needs to forward information about waste repositories into the future in persistent, accessible and comprehensible ways. MOM offers a possibility to complement archives, markers and the human memory.
The Memory of Mankind is a unique archaeological collection
The Memory of Mankind is a unique archaeological collection and heritage to be preserved for the benefit of future generations. This is a grand project that poses important questions about the legacies we leave behind and ultimately what being human is all about.
I am fascinated by the MOM project and I want to help and donate!
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Get in Touch
You would like to join MOM?
It is free to store texts in MOM, regardless of origin or income.
You can also support MOM financially or create your own tablet with text and pictures. You also get a duplicate, which you can pass on to your offspring!
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