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Title:The 'forever problem': Nuclear waste as information
Author(s):Heaney, Chris
Subject(s):deep time
information ethics
long-term communication
nuclear waste
history and philosophy of information
Abstract:Nuclear waste repositories harbor materials that are dangerous for tens of thousands of years, far longer than the normal human planning time span. Disposal facilities such as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the halted Yucca Mountain plant offer an uncommon look into the history of long-term transmission and preservation of information. This poster explores concepts relating both to nuclear waste as information in and of itself, communicating through its emissions, as well as ways in which nuclear waste necessitates long-term, human-driven preservation of information. Furthermore, it probes issues regarding the design of systems for information transfer over long time periods, relations between various recent attempts to communicate across great temporal distances, and ethical issues surrounding obligations to warn future generations of hazardous materials.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Heaney, C. (2013). The 'forever problem': Nuclear waste as information. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 659-661). doi:10.9776/13302
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03

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