Earlier today while working on a couple of quick functions for the upcoming release of 10Cv5, I realised that today marks the 6th year since the project officially launched! Quite a bit has happened in the intervening years and every few weeks there's been something new to learn and adapt to. What hasn't changed, though, is the underlying mission of 10Centuries: to give anyone in the world the opportunity to share things they choose online for a thousand years or more. A lot of people — including family members — have scoffed at this idea, yet here we are with 0.6% of the mission complete. Every 24 hours we're one day closer to fulfilling the original promise.
One of the most common questions people ask is how I plan on keeping this service online and operational for 1,000 consecutive years given how few creations of humanity survive a handful of generations, let alone a millennium. While this is a valid question, it's also a boring one that involves technobabble that most people really couldn't care less about. The question I wish more people would ask is not how, but why.
Why even attempt to do something like this? Why is there no tracking on the site? Why allow free accounts? Why invest so much personal time and money into this? Why should anybody even sign up?
Of all the questions people with doubts can ask about this service or the motivations behind its existence, very few venture towards the why. Ultimately the reason is simple: we all deserve something better. The driving philosophies and ethical decisions that have gone into 10Centuries may not be the best, and I guarantee that it likely will never be. What I can hope to accomplish with this project, aside from being an online repository of human experience for ten complete centuries, is to encourage people to take their digital sovereignty a little more seriously and leave something for future generations. There are a million different places online where people can share their everyday experiences, but very few do it with an altruistic bent. By setting an example, I hope to encourage others to consider the future, respect people's right to privacy, and give back wherever possible so that the world is a little bit better at the end of each day.