The computer and the Internet have conquered information management as thoroughly as a Mongol horde, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not exempt. The enormous and growing Internet Gospel Library and the digitization of genealogical research are proof enough of that. Nevertheless, the Church’s granite vaults stuffed with microfilm records starkly demonstrate that computers still cannot provide a permanent store of information. The world’s vast digital archives teeter constantly on the brink of erasure, and only diligent and redundant copying keeps entropy at bay.
I have no doubt that this problem will be solved. Many are trying; for example, the still-in-development M-ARC disc promises to store data for 1000 years. We will sort it out, and when we do, the conquest of the computer will be complete.