Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
You're assuming the thread of human development continues without some kind of mass extinction between now and 3014 or 4014. Asteroid, global war, plague, drought.
Sure, for it hardly seems germane to talk of records survival to benefit the other options:
1) A hypothetical successor species after our total extinction, for that we would need at least one and probably three orders of magnitude greater durability than 10 centuries. I call this the trivial-million-or-go-home. This sort of records survival we simply cannot do at present in-home technologies - and if we could we would have an insane trash problem on our hands.
I call this the "Using this society's resources to create records, or monuments, or anything that can survive long enough for a *second* intelligent species to evolve is a complete and total waste of resources" argument.
2) Alien species visiting us after a total extinction event or a knowledge-reducing apocalypse, the aliens having roughly the same tech levels as we do right now, except for a star drive.
This is the only option for which knowledge storage at our present in-home tech levels makes sense. However, as extant aliens with a star drive are unlikely, having them be at the same tech levels as us right now AND having them visit us after a knowledge apocalypse is vanishingly (vanishingly squared) less likely. Not a particular direction I would consider prepping in.
I call this the "Yep, they have a cosmos-spanning physics, but they'd watch Dukes of Hazard if only their computers could figure out how" scenario. It's even appealing, in an utterly self-centered but ridiculous sort of way.
3) Alien species visiting us after a total extinction event or a knowledge apocalypse, but at a significantly *greater* tech levels than us right now. You will perceive that there is no substantive difference between this scenario and the one we were discussing in previous posts
So this is not really a seriously distinct option, but we can call it the "A green tentacle can hold a super-high-res or light field camera to the bottom of a Bluray as well as a humanoid arm can" scenario. No separate planning required.
4) /Partial/ knowledge apocalypse where we are *not* extinct but our technology level is severely reduced.
I call this the Mad Max Does Mediaeval Europe scenario. My response to this one is similar to my response to number 1), i.e. "Let's not waste resources prepping for it" but it's modified with the addendum of "What makes you think Bluray machines will be obsolete? It could happen next week if it could happen at all".