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Avoiding a Digital Dark Age


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One idea to ensure preservation of decoding techniques is to use progressively complicated (dense) coding algorithms starting with plain English text written on a paper and finishing with compressed digital text on hard disk. The plain text on paper could describe how to read the next level of encoded instructions on a more dense medium than paper. This next medium would describe how to decode the next medium, etc...
The text could even explain how to buil mahcines to decipher the encoded data all the way to a computer to read the hard disk!
If there is a worry of even forgetting the language used to describe the decoding mechanism then we could simply start with a mathematical represntation teaching us the english language. Mathematics will never be forgotten or superseded as it is universal.
Just a thought!
Walid Tabar

posted by Walid Tabar
February 20, 2010

 

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