The case for storing digital data in DNA


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/25/the-case-for-storing-digital-d.html


#2

I saw a movie about this…

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#3

interesting alternative to cloud storage of photos and videos. Encode them in DNA of a virus and infect all your friends and family!


#4

So it’s not that we’re living in a computer simulation, we’re all just some god’s porn collection :open_mouth:


#5

I can imagine when the digital data stored on DNA crosses over and becomes alive. And I will call it FRANKENDATA!!!


#6

Storing data in DNA is a fascinating idea but it will not be practical or economic for decades. For a detailed analysis of the prospects by someone whose funding does not depend upon hyping the technology see DNA’s Niche In The Storage Market.


#7

The problem is reading the data. If it takes a day or two to get your data, it’s not going be very popular.


#8

Maybe for backups and archives. Maybe. The data density is interesting, but adding a, for lack of a better word, biological level seems a bit unwieldy and will come with its own set of additional problems.

BTW, still waiting for that holographic storage memory which was supposed to solve all our problems.


#9

Sure, let’s use a molecule with a demonstrated tendency to mutate when read or copied as a digital data storage solution. What could possibly go wrong?


#10

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