After the natural resources have gone...

I wouldn’t want to be thought of as cheating to post things on my blog. But... BCS member Peter Finch sent me this:

A conversation overheard in 150 years’ time - when natural resources are no longer economical to extract...

...I found this...

What is it?

It’s a way to store information.

How does it work?

It’s solar powered - daylight causes the text to stand out from the background.

Oh! Can it store more than what I can see here?

Yes. If you move your finger to the bottom-right, and drag to the left, it goes forwards through the text. The other way goes backwards.

Can it hold multimedia?

Some... it can store images.

Can you skip parts you’ve seen before? Or select just the topic you need?

Yes - you can skip to different sections and sub-sections and even different parts of the text.

Is there a limit to how much it can store?

It appears to be limited only by its thickness.

That’s amazing! If I put it down, does it lose the data?

No, the data is stored securely.

Where does this thread go to?

It can be used as a place-holder to store your progress.

That’s impressive... What’s it called?

I think it’s called ... a book.

About the author

Brian is Head of Content at BCS and blogs about the Institute’s role in making IT good for society, historical developments in computing, the implications of CS research and more.

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