How to Avoid Steering Blindly: The Case for a Robust Repository of Human Knowledge

  • Jens C. NiemeyerEmail author
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


Steering the future hinges on the availability of scientific and cultural data from the past. As humanity transitions into the digital age, global access to a condensed form of human knowledge becomes a realistic technological possibility and potentially a human right. At the same time, the risk of losing the vast majority of this information after a global disaster has never been greater. I argue that a collaborative effort to create a secure repository of human knowledge would not only protect humanity’s cultural heritage for future generations, it could also define a minimum standard for the information that every human being should have a right to access. The basic requirements and challenges for creating the repository are discussed.


Human Knowledge Digital Information Technological Infrastructure Knowledge Repository Internet Archive 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für AstrophysikUniversität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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