About the Apkallu Project
background to the project
There is every reason to be hopeful about the future potential of humanity on Earth and in space. There is every reason to think that given sufficient time and effort we will continue to explore and colonise the planets of our Solar System and one day the planets of other star systems too. But in order to get to that point, we first have to survive the threats to our existence along the way. The nature of those threats is many and varied in type. This includes asteroid impacts, comet impacts, solar storms, gamma-ray bursts, dramatic changes in the Earths climate, disease pandemic...and even the potential of alien invasion.
Given this, it is necessary to adopt strategies for adaptation and survival. This in essence is the purpose of the Apkallu initiative, manifested as a minilithic artefact, which has the goal of accelerating civilization socially, culturally and technologically in the event of a global demise.
In the event that Earth was hit by some impacting event from space for example, we might consider the following worst case assumptions:
- All infrastructure is destroyed, to include buildings, power utilities, city plumbing, damns, transport networks, agriculture and farming, huge portions of the plant and animal kingdom.
- All information sources are destroyed, to include all the world libraries, computers and electronic memory. It is possible that some books will be discovered over time as communities explore the rubble remaining from the metropolis. Books would become precious beyond their current value.
- The global climate is in turmoil and hostile, but with isolated regions of stability such that with determination survival is possible.
- The geological, climatic, oceanic activity and effects of the cataclysm event, within weeks, months or years will gradually return towards some level of stable Earth.
- Small pockets of humans survive around the Earth, perhaps 10s to 100s each but with the total not exceeding thousands.
Given this scenario, we can note that the surviving generation will remember the world as it was before. They will use this knowledge to teach their children. At this point knowledge is based upon direct memory. Those children will then grow up, with their parents dying off, and they will remember what their parents taught them and some of those children may even have some memories of the world before. But for the most part we are dealing here with recent history and part mythology. The grandchildren will also be born and grow up, but they will have no direct memory of the world the way it was before. At this point we are dealing with history and mythology. Within the third or fourth generation there is a risk that all knowledge will be lost, and especially if that knowledge is not captured and written down. All received knowledge then becomes both mythology and fantasy.
So the question then is how to preserve that knowledge for the use of those future survivor generations. The particular solution being presented by this project is to build the minilithic artefact which contains all the necessary information to survive, grow and proper and accelerate humanity faster forward from where it would have been if it did not have such information.
The goal of the information content imprinted onto the artefact would be as follows:
Goal 1: The continued survival of the human species at peace.
Goal 2: The accelerated technological, social-cultural growth of human civilization from an assumed stagnated level.
Goal 3: The preservation of moral and ethical philosophy