DNA Memory and Fossilized Storage


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?

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty. Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor. After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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