The Eternal Archive

5D data storage.jpg_SIA_JPG_fit_to_width_INLINEWhat book, music or work of art would you store in an eternal archive that will outlast humanity?

Researchers at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center have created a virtually eternal 5D data storage method.

This revolutionary technology carries a staggering “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 ).”

The new technology inscribes data into five dimensions (thus, 5D) on “nanostructured glass” using a powerful laser. As you can see by the photo above, an enormous document like the Bible can be quickly reduced to a few specks of data.

Here’s more from the University:

“the technology could be highly useful for organisations with big archives … Now, major documents from human history such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton’s Opticks, Magna Carta and Kings James Bible, have been saved as digital copies that could survive the human race.”

With 360 TB of memory storage, you wouldn’t have to limit yourself to a single book.

However, an even more daunting question looms now: where do you store an archive that will outlive the Earth itself?

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