Galactic Public Archives FAQ:
What is the mission of the Galactic Public Archives?
The Galactic Public Archives were founded in 2045 CE in order to serve the mission of distributing information across the galaxy. The current focus of GPA programming is:
Visions of the Future, from Our Past
This series takes an in-depth look at visionaries of the 20th and early 21st century who presented compelling visions of a future in which technology, culture & values had shifted dramatically from the time & culture in which they lived. These thinkers provide views of the future that were simultaneously hopeful and also a little bit terrifying to those who listened - those listeners having the daunting task of trying to parse rational analysis from prophecy. Through the words & voices of these men and women, viewers get a glimpse of the mind’s ability for foresight, but also, insight into the hopes, dreams & fears of those who lived during this era.
What records does the GPA house?
Where are the Archives located?
The GP Archives are housed in the structure that was once used as the New York (Earth based) Public Library. Extensive renovations were necessary in order to prepare the structure for space flight. In addition to the central hard drive, which occupies 5 square mm of the structure, we also have many very old physical books and paintings. However, if you would like to physically visit the GPA building, we recommend planning in advance, as we frequently travel through space at faster than light speeds.
Who creates the archive programs that I watch, listen to, & neural-download?
The GPA curators working at the archives select the primary content of our programs. Once primary material is selected, our supercomputer, Polybius 3000, auto-generates the rest of the program via pulling related items from the archives and recompiling them in new ways. We recently have been modifying some of the algorithms Polybius uses in order to attempt to cut down on some errant results. In particular, please accept our apologies if you experience any of the errant behavior some GPA viewers have reported in the past. GPA staff have not verified instances of all reported errors:
- Characters in archival material should not berate you or otherwise directly address you.
- Polybius 3000 should never solicit you for your Amazon.com password. Please do not give it to Polybius 300 if Polybius 3000 requests it of you.
- Polybius 3000 should not attempt to hypnotize you.
- Total Existence Failure
Why does the GPA's Earth based content currently display so little material from the years after year 2013 CE?
Last rotation the archives experienced a massive data scrambling accident that affected much of our material dated after the year 2013. Luckily, the data was not irretrievably damaged and we are slowly recovering it in chronological order. Current recovery estimates show that we will likely fully recover one earth year's worth of material per 1 universal rotation. (Roughly 12 Earth months)
How does the former New York Public Library building respond to the demands of faster than light interstellar space travel?
- GPA website - A work in progress!