What if someone told you they recorded the entire Magna Carta, King James Bible, or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this one tiny piece of glass? And what if they told you that it would outlive you, your children, your children’s children, and so on and so on and so on — for all eternity?
Seems a bit hard to believe at first, but with today’s technological advances it’s becoming more and more likely.
Case in point:
Scientists from the University of Southampton have recorded all these things and more onto small nanostructured glass disks using femtosecond lasers, resulting in what they have nicknamed the ‘Superman memory crystal.’
This five dimensional (5D) digital data storage method allows for unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C, and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190°C).
Simply put, these digital copies could easily outlive the human race.
Read more about this research in my article for STEAM Register.