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The Time Machine

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How does capitalization speak the language of the distant future? How does it build durably into society its version of its two favorite terms, “value” and “risk”? What does this translate into for the very important, the very expensive and the very risky? Yucca Mountain (Nye County, Nevada) was legally designated as the United States’ repository for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel in 2002. Should this mountain be painted blue to communicate the dangers of nuclear waste for the next 10,000 years? Shall a universal language be invented, or a new permanent marker, or monument, that would last essentially forever? Or shall reproductions of The Scream by Edvard Munch be used as the icon that would universally communicate to the distant future the horrors that could result from digging up nuclear waste from its geologic resting place? A number of experts have been asking these kinds of questions quite seriously. This is one form the concern about the long-term future ...

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