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“Sending a message to the future is immensely important,” Wikstrom said, “We don’t want to send just Paris Hilton to the future.”

Delivering that message will, he conceded, depend on future generations being able to decode our early 21st-century technology of hard drives and DVDs.

“I’m sure there will be a way,” Wikstrom said. “We managed to read the Rosetta Stone, didn’t we?”

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