Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Tripitaka Koreana

Well, this is really something.

Here's a description: 
The Tripitaka Koreana -  carved on 81258 woodblocks in the 13th century - is the most successful large data transfer over time yet achieved by humankind. 52 million characters of information, transmitted over nearly 8 centuries with zero data loss - an unequalled achievement. 

I don't know how I'd never heard of this before. 

52 million characters. Two gigabytes of data. 6,568 volumes. Carved into wood blocks. Stacked on top of each other, they'd reach a mile and a half high.

It's the "most comprehensive and oldest version of the Buddhist canon." And it was made in the 13th century. 

Everything about this is absolutely stunning, and you can read about it here: Tripitaka Koreana.

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