What if digital data did decay in a more poetic sense? What if we embraced and allowed this decay to happen, and appreciated its binary charm?” There is beauty to be found in the chaos of glitches.
The New York Times, following the advice of its experts, commissioned a sculpture by Santiago Calatrava that contains its artifacts, including the nickel plates, and arranged for the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan to display it prominently at a building entry, where it remains so far. A hyperlink from the Times site to the museum died, however.
Hi’s efforts reveal how affordable and trivial it has become to shoot information into the far future—far easier, in fact, than keeping it available in the present.