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Visiting Ancient Egypt

Giza 3D gives virtual tourists access to an immersive environment simulating the Great Pyramids, complete with ’ancient funeral rites’: a collaboration between Dassault Systèmes and the Harvard Peabody Museum.

The collections and repositories that these institutions house live or die as a function of the communities that animate them, whether now or in the future. And there is no inherent reason why such animation should be provided only by bona fide researchers and scholars, rather than by students of all ages, citizen scholars, collectors, or merely curious internauts.

 

A documentary exploring massive archives, Net history and the nature of digital memory.

 

Stanley Kubrick “Cinema’s most renowned director was also the industry’s biggest hoarder

Andy Warhol, a compulsive collector and shopaholic who never threw anything away, applied a method to his acquisitive madness. As rapidly as his stuff accumulated—cultural ephemera, source material and casette tapes—he put it in boxes, sealed and dated. The Time Capsules, arguably his most massive work, a self-portrait in the form of a miscellaneous archive, went largely unknown until his death. Every few months the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where the collection is kept, exhumes the contents of a previously unopened Time Capsule for display.

 

Scientists are addressing the urgent task of developing a clock, in the form of a 4D crystal, that will keep time even after the universe ceases to exist.

 

Consider the Internet as one global machine.

In his talk The Next 5000 Days of the Web Kevin Kelly presents a spec sheet for this machine (circa 2008):

55 trilion links, 1 billion PC chips, 8 terabytes per second of traffic, 255 exabytes of storage

In comparison, the human brain has an estimated 86 billion neurons and about 100 trillion synapses (the number of stars in 1,500 galaxies)

"To a first approximation," says Kelly "the size of this machine is the size in complexity of your brain… however your brain isn’t doubling every two years. If we say that this machine (the Internet) is one human brain, by the year 2040 this machine will exceed humanity in processing power" 

 

A tiny tome by artist Robert Chaplin tells the story of Teeny Ted From Turnip Town microengraved on a tablet measuring 70 micrometers.

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A Birdseye view of Geocities by Despens

Were it not for ArchiveTeam, a band of rogue archivists led by Jason Scott, the web’s first major metropolis would have sunk into the abyss “like the fabled Atlantis” (hat-tip @chaykak). 

A team of internet paleontologists have descended upon the ruins of geocities and found a trove of cultural artifacts, documented on their blog One Terabyte of the Kilobyte Age.

Net artist and curator, Olia Lialina, reflects on the excavation: 

 

For $9.99, anyone can download the app and take advantage of digitised images of nearly 350 brain slices taken from the collection bequeathed to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland by the Harvey family estate in 2010. The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Chicago digitized the slides for the app.

Liat Clark, Wired.com

 
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