The Rosetta Disk

Concieved as a modern-day Rosetta Stone, the Rosetta Disk aims to preserve linguistic knowledge for the long-term future, well after DVD and even paper may decay. This side contains the teaser: “Languages of the World: This is an archive of over 1,500 human languages assembled in the year 02008 C.E. Magnify 1,000 times to find over 13,000 pages of language documentation.” The chosen text for the microengraved parallel translations: the book of Genesis.

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photo from “Very Long-Term Backup,” by Kevin Kelly, The Long Now Blog, 20 August 2008

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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