The Arctic World Archive at the North Pole

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The Arctic World Archive at the North Pole

In addition to the ark of seeds in the Svalbard islands, which preserves over a million samples, the bank of open source software on which our digital civilization is based has been opened. Bitcoin, Linux, computer languages ​​such as Rubin and Python are kept under various meters of permafrost, always in Svalbard.

Microfilm was chosen as a support, capable according to the creators of surviving the cold for a thousand years. In 186 reels, the GitHub developer platform now owned by Microsoft, has placed humanity's software in a safe surrounded by steel walls in an old coal mine, 250 meters deep, next to the ark of seeds and biodiversity.

In all, 21 terabytes of data were transported to the bank. Its name is Arctic World Archive and it will be updated every time an important new program is added. The archive was designed for various types of needs: one day we may have to open a document for which a program is no longer available.

CDs and hard drives last only a few tens of years. During the presentation of the project, GitHub said: as the codes that are vital for us today become the historical curiosity of tomorrow, their contents can be abandoned, forgotten or lost.

In the event of a global catastrophe, we may be deprived of everything we have memorized in modern media. Archiving the software using different platforms will help us ensure its long-term storage."

The Apple car key

It would certainly not be a surprise.

At the latest Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled Car Keys. Included in the new update of the operating system for iPhone, iOS 14 arriving in the fall with the new smartphones, will allow you to digitize the key of your car, opening it and therefore putting it in motion simply with the iPhone, through the NFC reader on the handle and in an interior compartment of the passenger compartment.

Obviously you need the cars to be ready, and in fact it will start in the next few months with the BMW 5 Series of 2021 (where the system will be called BMW Digital Key). The German company is the first to launch a similar collaboration with Apple.

The owner of the vehicle and the iPhone will be able to manage who will be able to use his keys and even what the different keys will allow you to do: for example, only opening and not starting the car or even setting, in addition to the maximum speed allowed, the stereo volume.

Sharing those digital keys will be very simple: you can do it for example through a message. Just as in one touch you can deactivate all the car keys in circulation. What if the battery runs out? There is a special five-hour reserve that will still allow the car to be put into service, even on an unusable phone.

Security is guaranteed by the fact that the keys are stored in the Secure Element, a chip integrated into the architecture of the smartphone with its own operating environment, impenetrable to third-party apps and to iOS itself and dedicated to the protection of payment data.

This is the portion of the system where payment card data is already parked today and where identity cards and other documents that Apple might want to carry on board may end up tomorrow, if those patents find sooner or later their way.