CHECK INTO THE DNA LIBRARY
We produce just as much information as we do garbage. What will be in the libraries and archives of the future? Should they save every tweet? Is it necessary to store everything in all the biobanks with their samples of organisms? If so, how and where?
In space? The Arctic? The ocean?
Nanotechnology proposes to store information on the molecular level, which can be “read” with the help of a microscope, or chemical reactions that convert infrared radiation in nanocrystals into something “readable”.
There is also an almost-Munchausen kind of idea to store information on the Moon or even Mars, hauling beefed-up flash drives over there.
Hackers will find it difficult to reach the Moon, although distance for them is rarely intimidating.
But the most fashionable trend is DNA. Information will be “translated” into the letters of the base nucleic acids, which will be added to the DNA sequences. Reading it will be like a reverse translation using a sequencing machine.
Isn’t this just a pie-in-the-sky? It looks like it’s not. Recently they have managed to keep archival music files of Miles Davis and Deep Purple in the form of DNA.
DNA can store information indefinitely, under the right conditions. And the right conditions are not on the Moon or at the bottom of the ocean, but rather only in a dark, dry, and cool location. It’s also important to mention that it doesn’t take up much space.
As a great science fiction author used to say:
“The future always looks different from what we are capable of imagining.” – Stanislaw Lem
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