Thank you, Ricky. Yes, and even more importantly than recognizing that our history will be available indefinitely for the foreseeable future is recognizing that we are writing that history right now. Everything we publish online — from blog posts to comments to Tweets and Facebook messages — all of it will represent a searchable, tangible record of what we felt was important at this point in history. Future generations will run algorithms that mine this history to find patterns and trends. It will be studied to understand what was important and what we thought about the future.

What we learn now will be re-learned in the future and built upon. Unless we take that seriously and start the ball rolling in the right direction, the future will need to relearn and reinitiate everything that we could be learning and initiating right now.