Proposal for an Internet Service: The Eternal Home Page

N. J. A. Sloane
Information Sciences Research Center,
AT&T Labs - Research, Florham Park, New Jersey 07932, U.S.A.
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December 13, 1996. Revised November 11, 1997.


This paper describes a possible Internet service that some major organization such as Harvard University, AT&T, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Mathematical Society, the American Medical Association, or even the Vatican, might offer: a home page "in perpetuity". Such a "perpetual page" or "eternity page" or "e-memorial page" would be a home page that the organization would help the customer set up, with a guarantee that it would last for (say) 500 years, or until the organization no longer exists. It would list all the things that the customer would like to be remembered for (accomplishments, family, etc.). As the population of the U.S. ages, such a service should prove very popular. After all, almost everyone wants to be remembered by posterity.


Acknowledgements: I am grateful to Colin Mallows, Andrew Odlyzko, Susanna Cuyler Sloane and Nambi Seshadri for a number of helpful comments.

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