Scientists are building a Black Box to record the apocalypse

An indestructible “black box” is set to be built upon a granite plain on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, in early 2022. Its mission: Record “every step we take” toward climate catastrophe, providing a record for future civilizations to understand what caused our demise, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation…

The structure is designed to be about the size of a city bus, made of 3-inch-thick steel and topped with solar panels. Its interior will be filled with “storage drives” that gather climate change-related data such as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and average temperatures. In addition, using an algorithm, it will scour the web for tweets, posts, news and headlines.

The developers estimate that storage will run out in 30 to 50 years, according to the ABC. There are plans to increase the storage capacity and provide a more long-term solution, but it’s unclear how the structure will be maintained — how its solar panels might be replaced before the end of civilization, how well those drives hold up after decades and how impervious the vault will be to vandalism or sabotage…

The brains behind the development believe it might have immediate impacts if politicians and business leaders know their actions (or inaction) are being recorded.

The structure can be built to last perhaps long enough to communicate with the next species to develop to replace us. Not so sure about anything with moving parts inside the box. May as well settle for engravings of images and words.

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