Black box that could record collapse of civilisation set to be installed on Earth

Updated: Mar 29

By: Mirror News


The box will be made from 7.5-centimetre-thick steel (Image: Earth's Black Box)

The black box, which is set to built on the west coast of Tasmania, will be connected to the internet and will record information to help a future civilisation if humanity suffers a major apocalyptic event.


Scientists' warnings about global heating have been ignored for years - prompting fear that the future of humanity is increasingly uncertain.


More and more we are seeing deadly weather events such as fires, floods, extreme heat and droughts, already causing catastrophes across the globe.


Global warming is behind many of the problems we face now - such as rising sea levels and plastic pollution.


In order to record this data, Earth is set to get a 'black box' that will track climate change and man-made climate disasters - and possibly record civilisations downfall.


It is similar to the 'black boxes' rescue crews recover from the wreckage of planes to discover what happened, and could help a future civilisation avoid the same fate.


Developers say the box will be built in Tasmania (Image: Earth's Black Box)

According to Interesting Engineering, the black box on the west coast of Tasmania, around 150 miles to the south of Australia, will launch this year.


It is set to 'outlive us all' and is visually striking - a 32-foot indestructible steel monolith filled with hard drives that will record all major events about climate change, powered by solar panels.


Battery packs will help provide power backup when the sun isn't visible, or if there is some sort of major apocalyptic event.


The location, away from civilisation, was chosen for its geopolitical and geological stability and the data recorded will be protected by a layer of steel 7.5cm thick.


According to the website, developers are already capturing scientific data on temperature, sea levels, atmospheric CO2, despite the structure not being built yet.


Developers are working with academics to record viral data (Image: Getty Images)

And an algorithm is set to record climate-change-related material from the internet, including newspaper headlines and social media posts.


The project is being carried out by Clemenger BBDO, Australia's largest marketing communications company, and with researchers from the University of Tasmania.


They're still trying to establish how the data could be accessed following an apocalyptic event - but hope in the meantime to increase accountability amongst businesses and politicians.


According to ABC News, it will be collecting two types of data:

1. Measurements of land and sea temperatures, ocean acidification, atmospheric CO2, species extinction, land-use changes, as well as human population, military spending and energy consumption.


Climate change is a major concern (Image: Getty Images)

2. Contextual data such as newspaper headlines, social media posts, and news from key events like Conference of the Parties (COP) climate change meetings.


"The idea is if the Earth does crash as a result of climate change, this indestructible recording device will be there for whoever’s left to learn from that," Jim Curtis from Clemenger BBDO told the website.


"It’s also there to hold leaders to account – to make sure their action or inaction is recorded."


Jonathan Kneebone, a co-founder of the art collective the Glue Society, added: "It's built to outlive us all.


The group want to raise awareness (Image: Getty Images)

"If the worst does happen, just because the power grids go down, this thing will still be there."


According to the project's website, the purpose of the device "is to provide an unbiased account of the events that lead to the demise of the planet, hold accountability for future generations and inspire urgent action."


'Unless we dramatically transform our way of life, climate change and other man-made perils will cause our civilization to crash,' it says. 'Earth's Black Box will record every step we take towards this catastrophe.


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