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Re: orthography and pronunciation

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Thursday, April 12, 2001, 17:34
Padraic Brown wrote:
>On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote: > > >PPS Somebody suggested that the ultimate method for perserving >information > >is to encode it into the junk-DNA of some bacterium. As the bacterium > >multiplies the information is multiplied, and the inevitable slow >corruption > >of the DNA won't mean much since you'll be able to reconstruct the >original > >very faithfully if you've got a decent number of bacteria to reconstruct > >from. > >And the ability to extract and reconstruct the data! All the smart >bacteria in the world won't do any good if all you've got left to >work with are simple tools and rag-tag society.
Hey, it wasn't my idea! Actually, I think the idea was more that if our civilization died, this information could be perserved for millions, perhaps milliards, of years until either a new technology civilization arises or Earth is visited by aliens. The idea was not to help the survivors of the next world war or something like that. Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at


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