Imagine living in the future where we no longer think of the computer as a machine but another force of nature. The idea of data storage and access synergistically incorporated into the world as communication, development, progression, and a fractal law of the universe, is quickly becoming a reality. Right now, we are on the plateau of Moore’s Law with silicon based technology and must see computers and data storage, specifically, in a different and more progressive way, if we are to quantify and archive our history. We must move past stone, paper, and hard drive driven information and pursue a new format. Something that is already a huge part of what makes up each and every one of us. DNA.
Scientists and researchers have already begun looking at DNA and synthesizing it to store information. Isn’t that what DNA already does naturally? DNA does break down over time, but through fossilization, DNA can last, potentially, thousands of years. Researchers at ETH Zurich are working on this very issue and are creating synthetic fossils to preserve long term data storage.
The implications of this type of technology will be immensely valuable in the future, but will we discover and unlock information potential already stored deep within ourselves?