What's Next

In subsequent Arch™ Library updates, we’ll add more curated information in more locations.

Not only will we install a growing ring of Arch™ Libraries around the Sun, but we will put a ring of Arch Libraries around each of the planetary bodies in our solar system, as well as placing Arch Libraries in many locations on the surfaces of planets (including Earth), moons, asteroids, comets, space stations, and even on debris left by space missions.

This will backup our civilization for eternity in a manner that will make it impossible to ever be lost or not rediscovered, and that will also make it impossible for anyone in the future who does find it to hoard the knowledge, because it will be in too many locations for anyone to control access to it.

But this is only the first step of an epic human project to curate, encode, and distribute our data across the Solar system, and beyond.

This project will set the stage for a decentralized, blockchain powered, solar system wide, read-write data caching, cold storage, and local data delivery network for each planet.

Beyond the Solar Library™, we are also developing a special Arch Library that will be delivered to the surface of the Moon by 2020. This Arch Library will start the Lunar Library™, an even bigger curated collection of the most important documents, photos, videos and data of our species and will last for as long as the Moon itself.

Finally, we are in the early stages of designing an Arch Library to land on Mars. The Mars Library™ will be designed to supply a future human settlement on Mars with a vast collection of important knowledge from Earth - including perhaps a copy of a large portion of the Internet.

This will form a backup of Earth on Mars, in the event that the connection between Mars and Earth is ever lost in the future. It will also provide colonists on Mars with a massive data set with which to seed a local Internet and Web on Mars.

And by eventually connecting the Arch Libraries, and the Arch data they contain, through a decentralized data caching network that spans the Solar system, we can begin to grow and share a collective Library of everything humanity learns, on every planet in our solar system, and even beyond, as we spread. This truly can become Asimov’s vision of an Encyclopedia Galactica someday.

So beyond the benefit of backing up our civilization for the distant future, there are benefits today and in decades to come, as the Arch Library inspires and catalyzes an ecosystem of universities and startups with a common goal to develop new technologies to collect, distribute, protect, and share human knowledge and data across the solar system.

Launch Manifest

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The Solar Library

The Solar Library has been started.  The first installment was launched by SpaceX on the Falcon Heavy Test launch and is now entering an orbit around the Sun for millions of years.  The first books in the Solar Library are Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.  Read more about this historic milestone here.

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Earth Library

We will also distribute copies of the Arch Library on and around planet Earth, to orbital locations as well as to surface locations, underground and undersea, to mountains and caves, and to individuals and organizations that want to help preserve and store the Arch Library.

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Lunar Library

We are developing an Arch Library, called The Lunar Library, that will be landed on the surface of the Moon by 2020. The Lunar Library will contain a curated data set of the most important knowledge of our species . This will be the first Library on the Moon and will grow over time as humans establish a permanent lunar presence.

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Mars Library

The Mars Library will be designed to supply a future human settlement on Mars with a vast collection of important knowledge from Earth. This will form a backup of Earth on Mars, in the event that the connection between Mars and Earth is ever lost in the future. It will also provide colonists on Mars with a massive data set with which to seed a local Internet and Web on Mars.

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Beyond

Arch Libraries will be spread across the solar system to as many locations as possible.  Massive redundancy is an important strategy for ensuring that the Arch™ Libraries survive and are eventually found again if needed.