In the process, I learned more about time capsules that I thought was possible and if you are thinking of burying your own, check out this Instructable.
Step 1: Decide When the Capsule Will Be Opened
2049 is also a symbolic year (at least in the United States), which will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Gold Rush and the exciting times of the Wild West. For the Imagine 2049 project, I assumed the personna of a prospector from the future and dressed accordingly.
The time capsule will be opened just after the projected Singularity of 2045. Four years after machines have taken over the world will be a perfect time to assess human desires from the past.
A side note: One of the most exciting time capsule projects ever was the Westinghouse Time Capsules, which were buried in both the 1939 and 1964 at the World's Fair in Queens. They are scheduled to be opened in 6939, five thousand years after the first one was sealed.
Step 2: Decide Where the Capsule Will Be Buried
The "Imagine 2049 Time Capsule" is buried at the grounds of the New York Hall of Science (near the site of the Westinghouse Capsules), right at the edge of rocket park. It is in a relatively secure area, inside the fenced-in area of NYSCI.
Step 3: Get a Stainless Steel or Aluminum Container
Step 4: Now, Personalize It
Step 5: Gather the Contents
I received over 1000 submissions. Many were garbage — scribbles, graffiti and about 60 people just wrote a "Flying Car". I also created a simple online submission form for those that couldn't visit in person. Some of my favorites were impossible inventions like the "Virtual Music Chairs" submitted by Christy Chan or the "Smell Recorder", where you could record odors, similar to an audio or video recording and play them back decades later.
Step 6: Protect the Contents
Step 7: Seal the Exterior
Step 8: Bury It
Step 9: Mark It and Document the GPS Location
Using a GPS app on a mobile phone, I recorded the location of the Imagine 2049 Time Capsule, which is:
Latitude: 40 degree 44.888' N
Longitude: -73 degrees 51.134' W
Finally, I put the GPS location in my will and instructed my heirs to unearth the capsule in 2049, in the case that I am dead or otherwise incapacitated for the opening.
Let's see what happens in 2049!