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The oceans protect humanity’s future

Data Server and Research Center
24 Hour Competition
In collaboration with Claudia Miraldi (BSAS), Kaylee Tucker (BSAS), and Andree Sahakian (M.Arch)
Point Nemo, Pacific Ocean

2018: The Information Age
A myriad of knowledge is accessible from our pockets and guides our daily lives. However, analog technologies still exist and those who can operate them are still alive. We use the Internet and its data to answer small questions and big questions alike. From “Where should we eat?” and “How do we get there?” to “Is the Universe expanding?” and “How can we combat global warming?”, data is a part of our existence.

2080: Overload
“An [information] economy based on endless growth is unsustainable.” The Internet has shaped data collection, study, analysis, and application for a century. A hundred years’ worth of documents, photos, social media posts, scientific data, and emergent technology has accumulated. How can the important data be parsed and secured in the event of a catastrophic event when analog technologies are unable to handle the load?

2194: Restored
More than two hundred years after the advent of computers and the Internet, the World Wide Web at Point Nemo has grown from its original, modest size to fit the accrual of data spanning three centuries. Point Nemo’s remote location ensures its security—important files are not compromised from political tensions. Already, this structure and its SCUBA-diving engineers have restored lost data to the world, from both minor data losses and calamitous tragedies.

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