The Geek Stories

Email to the Future

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Social networks are not new. Humans throughout our existence communicate, connect and correspond with like minded humans.

Written documents are the evidence trail that historians and museum curators, such as Matthew Connell from Sydney’s Powerhouse Musuem, use to decipher the lives of famous people.

To aid future historians, it is important that this digital generation store our correspondence. The Powerhouse Museum and Ninemsn Australia joined forces in a project called Email Australia.

In this episode of The Geek Stories, I trek into the archives of the Powerhouse Museum and see documents exchanged between Lady Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage and a Brunel.

Their correspondence illustrates why we must email the future. The social networks of now must not be fleeting, otherwise our history is lost.

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