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Deep inside a forsaken coal mine on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, the Bitcoin Core code repository will be kept on film reels và stored for centuries.

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An icy mountain in Norway’s Svalbard – an all but inhabitable Arctic archipelago covered in glaciers and inhabited by polar bears – is an unlikely safe haven for cryptocurrency code, let alone a pillar of modern-day civilization.


But it"s here, 250 meters underground in a forsaken coal mine, that GitHub has chosen lớn store reams of open-source code. That includes Bitcoin Chip Core, by far the most popular code implementation of bitcoin"s underlying infrastructure and one of the most used repositories on GitHub.


As a part of an archiving program for safeguarding an important part of technological history, a "snapshot" of all this code will be copied onkhổng lồ film reels & stored in a steel container, all done in an effort khổng lồ keep the data alive & unscathed for 1,000 years.


The team is currently getting this data ready. The official deposit inlớn the mountain is planned for late April, a GitHub spokesperson told panpages.com.vn.


But, while Bitcoin Vi xử lý Core is featured, most cryptocurrency projects stored on GitHub will also be included, including bitcoin"s forward-looking Lightning Network, & the code behind other cryptocurrencies, such as ethereum và dogecoin.


Organizations lượt thích the non-profit digital library Internet Archive & the future-looking cultural non-profit Long Now Foundation are backing the effort, và historians, anthropologists and other scientists are advising it.


Bitcoin và Ethereum coders are fans of the initiative. "The more backups the merrier," as ethereum developer Ligi put it to panpages.com.vn.


"I think it"s likely that at some point in the future the electronic record will be lost. It"s all pretty fragile. Preserving some things on hard copy could definitely help avoid a hole in history," said Wladimir van der Laan, lead maintainer of Bitcoin Chip Core.


The archive potentially provides a way for people up to 1,000 years from now lớn figure out what on earth cryptocurrency was or how it evolved – if it manages khổng lồ last a millennium.


"In one sense, this is a fascinating section of financial history that we should preserve sầu for future study," Avanti Chief Technology Officer & Bitcoin Vi xử lý Core contributor Bryan Bishop said.

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While archiving cryptocurrency code could plug historical holes for historians, there are limits lớn what storing this information will enable.


Van der Laan pointed out that, from a software engineer"s perspective sầu, the code might not make much sense lớn coders hundreds of years from now.


"As a developer, I do find the idea of a future historian trying khổng lồ puzzle together our (what goes for) civilization from reams of clever hacks, spaghetti code & context-specific source code kind of amusing," van der Laan said.


Jason Teutsch, the founder of Ethereum infrastructure project Truebit & a computer science researcher, argued similarly: Explanations of the code should sit alongside the raw material.


"The social, economic, regulatory & academic records depicting motivations & resources for code development may ultimately become more important than the code itself," he said.


As a part of the program, GitHub will store a guide khổng lồ using the archive sầu for those in a future time, including descriptions of "most significant" repositories to provide clearer context.


As a developer who hosts a wiki for futurist technological ideas, Avanti’s Bishop is looking to preserve information even further into the future. In fact, Bicửa hàng is awaiting a patent for a way lớn store information inside of DNA. He notes that the genetic instructions guiding an organism"s growth can preserve information for hundreds of thousands of years.


And while this project could help preserve some history, Bishop argues there"s plenty of other important information out there that should be stored in a similar fashion.


"Beyond GitHub, I think they need to lớn seriously consider archiving Sci-Hub, which has over 70 million scientific articles," Bisiêu thị said. “It"s one of the great feats of human intellect & progress, & it needs lớn be preserved.”


UPDATE (April. 9 02:09 UTC): This article has been updated to lớn clarify that GitHub is storing some supplementary material along with the code.


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