Capsule for 2057 would be smaller
06-15-2007, Tulsa World - Jarrel Wade . . . 070615_1__Thehe77504
The height of engineering in 1957 was several thousand pounds of steel and other materials wrought into the graceful design of the Plymouth Belvedere.

At least that's what the people who buried one beneath the Tulsa County Courthouse lawn thought.

But what hulking achievement would people bury today to exhilarate the Tulsans of 2057? The answer for many people: nothing that wouldn't fit in an iPod.

An iPod and DVDs would be the most fitting way to describe the current generation, Shawn Nysveen said.

To accompany the iPod, Nysveen said, he would want to bury family pictures so people in 2057 could see the current fashions.

But digital photos could be stored on an iPod, as well.

The 1957 Plymouth assembly line produced 762,231 units. Compare that to Apple's reported 10.5 million iPods produced in the second quarter of 2007 alone, and burying the miniature hard drive as a sign of the times might make sense.

Gavin Manes, president of Digital Forensics Professionals and a research assistant professor at the University of Tulsa, said a hard drive and a cell phone also would be representative of current times.

But "you'd have to put a manual with the cell phone."

The problem with burying a hard drive would be keeping the data intact for 50 years, he said. Data would naturally be lost over time.

Manes, whose business decodes data, said, "You'd have to call one of us to decode it."