This ‘wearable’ necklace could survive an apocalypse

June 5, 2017 9:22 pm Last Updated: June 5, 2017 9:22 pm

Whether you’re a guy or a gal, a typical jewelry-wearer or not, you are about to learn about the coolest necklace of our time.

Imagine a round coin about the size of a nickel, microscopically etched with over 1,000 languages. Why? Simply to provide you and the future of all humanity with a durable physical representation of the world’s current languages in a conveniently small size. And it’s not a micro-chipped piece or a wearable that you connect to your Galaxy or i-Whatever. It’s completely offline and could last for thousands of years.

The idea for this necklace (for men and women) is part of a project by The Long Now Foundation, which is an organization that fosters long-term thinking. Their self-proclaimed goal is to “take our current languages, put them into a micro time capsule and catapult them 10,000 years in the future.”

What does that mean?  “It’s an overwhelming time scale,” explained Project Director, Laura Welcher. “We’re pushing people’s boundaries, as they usually think of the quarterly return or the four-year election cycle. What if you can get people to think about the future? Projects that pave the way open up new ways of problem-solving.”

That sounds like an admirable goal! So the reason a person might want one of these necklaces is to save the world after a horrible apocalypse? Not exactly, Welcher explained. She sees the meaning behind the piece as more symbolic; kind of a way to get your mindset into the “what-if’s” of the future.

In other words, the wearer and anyone who inquires about the necklace might think, “What if all technology fails and we suddenly find ourselves in a digital dark age?”

“In case thousands of years from now, if websites no longer exist, and if no electrical power exists, one can still use an optical system and sunlight to recover the information.” That’s how Bruce Ha, the President of Stamper Technology Inc, the company who designed the piece, describes it. “The disc is very much like a microfiche,” Ha said, “except a thousand times smaller.” 

This isn’t just an “old school” piece of jewelry, or at least it wasn’t designed to be. It was inspired by the actual Rosetta Stone. Not the popular “teach me a new language” program, but rather an ancient large slab of granite rock found in Egypt in 1799, which helped scholars finally begin to decode ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

The necklace is thus called the “Rosetta Disk,” and was also created as a gift to the world, sharing the “now” in the form of something that will stand the tests of time and ensure that any future generation’s history would never be lost. “That’s the same thing we’re trying to do with the Rosetta Disk,” said Welcher.

Project Director, Laura Welcher

Needless to say, the text on this wearable necklace is written in a very small font, made by Nano Rosetta of Rochester, New York. Nano Rosetta is a company that specializes in “wearables.”

The company mainly focuses on preserving the personal memories of people onto medallions. The process of this type of etching is called photolithography, an incredible process capable of etching medallions with any kind of text, such as micro-sized pages of the Bible.


Source: A Language Archive You can Hold in Your Hand: The Rosetta Wearable Disk by the Long Now Foundation on YouTube.