The next step is to make a commitment: that you will revisit your recordings every 10 years. If your digital files are to reach your great-grandchildren, somebody, or generations of somebodies, will have to copy them from one hard drive to the next and from there onto solid-state drives, then to nanotubes, then to brain implants—whatever the latest storage medium happens to be. And it’s not just the storage medium that will change; the file formats will have to be migrated, too. AVCHD probably won’t be the state of the art in video recording in 2021, but there will certainly be software that can convert it to whatever is.
That way some of our photos, videos and documents will reach the audiences of 2161. Maybe only a tiny percentage—but enough to make your descendants grateful that you made that once-a-decade effort.
This article was originally published with the title Seeing Forever.