What if we could listen to Socrates today? Or see a live talk from Plato? Though we will never be able to do this, we can start transmitting today’s heritage to societies thousands of years into the future. A radically new approach is required, as our current digital storage devices quickly become obsolete, and involve huge amounts of energy to maintain. We also need to understand how to communicate with far future generations.
Taking up the challenge with a sustainable perspective, the EPFL+ECAL Lab presents Álfar: a capsule to store our heritage for thousands of years on DNA.