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The ancients left us with cave paintings, stone tablets, and monolithic monuments, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The fingerprints of past civilization can be seen all around us. Conversely, our 21st century global civilization (the apex of human technological development), will leave little, if anything at all, that could proverbial be “dug up” by future generations.
Our society is becoming “digitized”. Our books, art, culture, language, texts, interactions, are increasingly taking place in the “cloud”. The computers needed to access this information are difficult to construct, maintain, and understand outside of contemporary contexts. Moreover, they require a large and developed infrastructure to operate.
To access our devices you require electricity, the internet, and basic computer literacy. In the larger scheme of things, you would also need people who understand software and how to fix OS issues, or how to built, repair, and replace the various elements that go into a computer —an endeavour which in of itself would necessitate the ability to extract and mould rare minerals into usable computer parts (computers, after all, do easily erode). All of this would be required just to access one of our devices!
Forget trying to figure out how to enter a password, get through the double-verification process (which in of itself is dependent on the availability of cellular networks and a functioning smartphone), figuring out how an OS interface works, or understanding the different languages, alphabets, and scripts used by each machine.
To put things into perspective, it took us several centuries to decipher something as basic as Egyptian hieroglyphs! These were written on stones. They did not easily erode, or require a sophisticated infrastructure to operate.
We did not need to go through passwords, double-verification processes, build an electric grid, develop the internet, and find software engineers to access them.
Once our civilizations goes the way other civilizations have gone, we will become lost to history. No future civilization will ever be able to reboot our digital age. This is it. This is our moment under the sun.
Most of our life is an indistinguishable blur. I can barely remember what I had for breakfast two days ago. Yet, we cling onto new moments of life as if they were somehow eternal, indestructible, or imbued with some type of inherent long-term value.