There is an archaeological exhibition in Wanlin Art Museum. The
epilogue of the exhibition says as follows:
“The millennial ceramics, the resplendent bronze… gazing at
the silent cultural relics one by one, we constantly hear the echo of history.
The potteries of different archaeological cultures demonstrate the migration
and multiplication of the ancestors on the land of Jingchu. The massive bronze
sacrificial vessels recreate the military and ceremonial glory of the Bronze
Age. The rich and diverse funerary objects depict the various social conditions
at that time as well as the simple and ardent expectations after death. The
plain, lustrous and transparent porcelains portray people’s aesthetic concepts
and artistic pursuit in various periods.”
Looking at the exhibition, I was thinking what archaeologists in the future may find about the cultural heritage of our age. Everything is in digital, no ceramics, no bronze, nothing but digital arts. We are trying to put everything into digital. It is more vivid, easier to reproduced and distributed, but is it really a strong way for preservation and sustainability of human culture and civilization? Digital information is actually fragile. It could be easily eliminated by an electromagnetic storm or become invalid due to single bit error. On the contrary, those characters carved on stones travels through thousands of years to our age.
Similar thinking about human civilization is in the science fiction “赡养上帝”.
The presentation attached at the end of this post was from Colin Jones. (Refresh a few more times if the pptx is not shown properly. Either Google Doc viewer or Microsoft office viewer has some problems in some special zones of the Internet.) Some cases shown in the presentation are from us. It is an interesting and overlapping area to be explored and we have been in this area for more than 20 years. More and more novel and interesting topics in this area have been discovered and we keep on widen their application potential in different engineering areas.
PS: there was a news that the EK Co. was merged to the RSK. I went back several times to the EU but not to the UK again and it has been around 15 years. Hope to travel again when the pandemic ends.