THE ARCH MISSION FOUNDATION
The Arch Mission is a non-profit corporation organized in 2016 (501(c)(3) status pending) to preserve and disseminate humanity’s most important knowledge across space and time.
The Arch Mission designs, builds, delivers and maintains curated archives, housed in specialized devices called Archs(tm). Archs are being developed with a variety of form factors to survive in space, as well as on the surfaces of planets, moons and asteroids.
The Arch Mission has its roots in a long-term vision for the purpose of intelligent life originally formulated in 2011 by Nova Spivack, and first written about publicly in 2015, here.
In 2015, Nick Slavin joined Nova Spivack to co-found the Arch Mission, and in 2016 the Arch Mission Foundation was formally incorporated, and they were joined by Michael Paul and Robert Bishop.
We believe that the purpose of intelligent life is to spread intelligence and knowledge.
Ancient civilizations preserved and transmitted their knowledge to the future using stone, a very long lasting medium. For example, the pyramids have remained for thousands of years. But our present day civilization's knowledge exists increasingly on perishable digital storage media that persist for only 50 to 100 years.
What would happen to all our knowledge if there was a planetary catastrophe? In a short time there would be almost no trace of our civilization's knowledge left on Earth.
We must find better ways to protect and transmit our digital knowledge across vast distances in time and space. Not only is this an important backup for future generations in case of a planetary disaster, it is also a key enabler for our coming spacefaring civilization as humanity spreads across our solar system and beyond.
The Arch Mission (pronounced "Arc Mission") exists to help humanity fulfill its purpose in the universe by preserving and transmitting our most important knowledge to the stars, via specialized archive devices called "Archs" (tm) (pronounced "Arcs") that are designed to spread and persist across vast distances of space and time.
The Arch Mission is developing specialized next-generation devices that we call Archs(tm), which are designed to hold and transmit human digital and biological knowledge over long periods of time in extreme environments including outer space, undersea, and on the surfaces of other planetary bodies.
Our goal is to collect and curate important human data records, and biological specimens, and install them on Archs that will be delivered to as many locations as possible for safekeeping.
To increase the chances that our Archs will be found in the future, we aim for massive redundancy across a broad diversity of locations – a strategy that nature itself has successfully employed. To accomplish this we are designing Archs with many form factors that optimize mass, storage density, and durability.
The Arch Mission is an initiative of the Arch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit foundation, founded in 2016 and based in Houston, with team members in locations ranging from Los Angeles, to the DC Area, to Philadelphia and other locations.
The Arch Foundation is designed to become a self-perpetuating, self-funding organization that will continue to support the Arch Mission indefinitely into the future, even for thousands of years or longer. To accomplish this feat the organization must be designed to perpetuate itself, by generating the necessary financial and technological resources to conduct its mission.
The Arch Foundation will require a large and growing base of capital, through donations, grants, government funding and contracts, sponsorships, and even revenue streams from commercial subsidiaries owned by the non-profit foundation.
The Arch MIssion Foundation is in the early stages of organizational development and is presently governed by a two-person board of directors, with one open seat. A science and engineering advisory board has started to form. Early planning is underway to design the governance of the organization as it grows to include more participants and initiatives in the future.