Technology and religion, unless in a dystopian future (or Scientology?), always seem to be quite removed from one another. Besides some awesome papal-tweets, I have never experiences any sort of overlap between the two.
Interestingly enough, the Vatican’s has decided to digitize its library archives, which has over 40 million pages. While it is expected to take approximately four years to digitize the initial round, with some being accessible by the end of 2014.
This excites me! My religious views aside, as a history nerd I’m thrilled to hear about this move by the Church. Such an old library (since 1451) needs to be preserved. No matter what the contents of the more than 82,000 manuscripts, historical writings are historical writings. In fact, some of the writings date back over 1,000 years ago. The last thing our information-based society needs is another Library of Alexandria type event.
With the advancements we’ve had in technology, I grow more and more confident with humanities ability to linger on. Recording our experiences is a wonderful and vital thing. Protecting documents like the Vatican’s manuscripts allows future beings (hopefully future humans) to dive deep into a more clear understanding of the way things were.
As much as we like to pretend it doesn’t, understanding the past truly does improve one’s pursuits in the future.
P.S. As far as storing information, backing up your hard drive is another great way to improve your future.
I strongly suggest it.