NOTE / 2016-01-05


The Long Now Foundation Rosetta Project is an effort to preserve all languages that have a high likelihood of extinction over the period from 2000 to 2100. Its name is after the Rosetta Stone, a stele of Egyptian origin featuring a decree in three scripts. A comparison of its hieroglyphs with those on the Rosetta Stone catalysed the deciphering of the Egyptian writing system. In direct analogy to its namesake, a micro-etched nickel alloy Rosetta disc inscribed with 13,000 pages of text in 1200 languages is carried by the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe. On 30 September 2016, the Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission by landing on the comet.




The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit organisation that seeks to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. It aims to provide a counterpoint to what it views as today's "faster/cheaper" mindset and to promote "slower/better" thinking. The Long Now Foundation hopes to "creatively foster responsibility" in the framework of the next 10,000 years, and so uses 5-digit dates to address the Year 10,000 problem (e.g., by writing 02016 rather than 2016).


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