The Arch Mission Foundation™ (pronounced ar·k) exists to help humanity preserve and spread its knowledge across vast distances of time and space.
We believe that the purpose of life is to evolve and spread intelligence across the universe.
Ancient civilizations accomplished this by preserving their data in stone, a very long lasting medium -- for example, The Pyramids of Giza. But ironically, despite our higher level of technological attainment, our civilization’s data is far less durable.
Our knowledge exists primarily on paper documents, and plastic media such as magnetic tape, optical DVDs, and flash drives. Paper media, under very carefully controlled conditions, can be kept for hundreds of years, but our plastic digital storage media has a shelf-life of 20 to 50 years. Most of these media are also very vulnerable to heat, cold, moisture, bacteria and fungus, insects, and electromagnetic radiation.
Over geological timescales there is a high probability of naturally occurring extinction-level events on every planet, including ours. And in fact, we are overdue for another one.
But in addition to threats from nature and the solar system, today we also face threats caused by human civilization too.
What would happen to our data if there was a planetary catastrophe like a nuclear war, a meteor impact, or a direct hit from a solar flare or an EMP? Much of our data and knowledge would be irretrievably lost.
If an extinction level event occurred on Earth, there would be almost no recoverable trace of our civilization's digital knowledge, after just a few decades.
Only a thousand years after such an event, amidst the decaying ruins of our concrete and steel structures, virtually no recoverable knowledge or data would remain.
As well as backing up our civilization against the threat of human-caused or naturally-occuring planetary disasters, there is another reason to build Arch Libraries. Arch Libraries are important in facilitating the transition to a spacefaring civilization.
To truly graduate to a spacefaring civilization, we need to develop storage media and technologies to transmit vast collections of our knowledge, in very small and lightweight objects, that are durable under the harsh environments of space and the surfaces of other planets.
Arch Libraries provide a way to send big data sets into space, alongside humans and human colonies, wherever they may go.Boots Bottes T amp; Shirts Sandales 7R7Axr
And finally, as envisioned by Isaac Asimov, in his Foundation Series, the existence of the Arch may lead to an eventual Encyclopedia Galactica, and perhaps even to a future science of psychohistory.