I have been harping on the fact that electronic records will be lost in the future because the equipment needed to read the records will no longer exist.  Well, fear no more. Switzerland has come up with a solution.  They are going to store a “key to unpick defunct digital formats” (a digital genome) in a time machine.  The article describing the genome also gives a good explanation of how long current media will last.  Every time I rent a DVD and it will not play because of damage I question how on earth all these digital records will survive.  The digital genome sounds like a great idea!  Read the article published on Reuters here.

Do you think this will protect digital information for the next generations?

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