3D Printed Sapphire pages on 3 stepped scales

3D Printed Sapphire pages on 3 stepped scales

Postby SANEAlex » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:53 pm

A paper book is a good convenient portable store of a small amount of knowledge but can easily be damaged. Our tech now enables us to store huge amounts of data in a small area but if the tech fails its no longer readable. If it were me doing a humanity's backup plan and I had a decent budget with the tech available now.

I would use a modern 3D printer to print Sapphire pages probably something CD/DVD/BlueRay sized maybe a bit bigger. In pictographs along with basic text have a Janet and John learn basic English and Maths and then have description on how to build a decent basic optical microscope.

On the 2nd group of "Pages" have microscopic more advanced pages on general science etc giving pointers on how to build and decrypt a data disc reader.(or if you really want high data compression and ease of portability a STM(scanning tunnelling microscope) and write in groups of atoms.

And the 3rd set of "Pages" being copies of our our easily writeable data we live in an information rich society at the moment I have a copy of the Gutenberg 2010 DVD something like 20-30 thousand books of varying kinds and a copy of the schools wikipedia i can fit both on a USB memory stick along with an operating system and still have space for mp3's etc. I am still reading "The Knowledge" book and am enjoying it so far and think it could be useful but the bit about not being easily to copy wikipedia may be true today as the complete last 5 dumps now are at about 10TerraBytes that includes all the pictures and media files but if civilisation makes it another 5-10 years which I think is a good bet(I am more doubtful of it making it to the next century) then it would not surprise me if I could pick up a solid state drive that could contain a fully functional wikipedia

And the reason for Sapphire pages just look at the specs linked below(not affiliated in any way but they had a nice list of properties well laid out)


And other links to things I have mentioned just in case anyone else wants copies of freely available useful chunks of data just in case its always good to have multiple backups just in case all mine fail ;) :twisted:

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg ... VD_Project


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mirrori ... umps#Media

Edited to add
:oops: i forgot this link

Even tho I have not a full copy of wikipedea as i said and it was pointed out in the book its quite hard to shift that amount of data at the moment it is possible to get the English text part in about 10GB that expands to 40GB FYI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia ... iles.29.3F
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