Black box prepped for doomsday as creators warn we 'are now being recorded' 1 month ago

Black box prepped for doomsday as creators warn we 'are now being recorded'

Must have a lot of memory

The world's black box finished construction this year, and the creators are now warning that our interactions are "being recorded" for future civilisations.


A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and creative agency Clemenger BBDO has birthed the planet's black box. Usually contained in vehicles, a black box records information in case of a crash or similar devastation. And now the world has one, so that's not ominous at all.

Earth's Black Box will collate data relating to climate change to provide necessary information to a future society.

Other data it will collect include ocean acidification, land and sea temperatures, human population, energy consumption, military spending and atmospheric CO2. Oh, and social media posts and news headlines, so let's think twice before ranting online.

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It's at least comforting to know that future humans, or aliens, won't make the same mistakes as us.

"Unless we dramatically transform our way of life, climate change and other man-made perils will cause our civilisation to crash," they wrote on their website. "Earth's Black Box will record every step we take towards this catastrophe. Hundreds of data sets, measurements and interactions relating to the health of our planet will be continuously collected and safely stored for future generations."


They continue to describe how the device will offer "an unbiased account of the events that lead to the demise of the planet" but how that "story ends" is our decision.

"Only one thing is certain, your actions, inactions and interactions are now being recorded," they concluded.


Jim Curtis, executive creative director of Clemenger BBDO, told ABC that the Black Box could also be used to "hold leaders to account" and "make sure their action or inaction is recorded."

The box is made from 7.5-centimetre-thick steel and will be housed at a top-secret location in Australia where it has been designed to "outlive us all."

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