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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:58 PM

Data stored in quartz crystal may last 100 million years

Japan's Hitachi corporation has unveiled a new method of storing data on quartz crystals, producing a data storage that may last 100 million years. The new system encodes data in binary form on thin sheets of quartz glass.



"The volume of data being created every day is exploding, but in terms of keeping it for later generations, we haven't necessarily improved since the days we inscribed things on stones," Hitachi researcher Kazuyoshi Torii said. "The possibility of losing information may actually have increased," he said, noting the life of digital media currently available—CDs and hard drives—is limited to a few decades or a century at most. And the rapid development of technologies has resulted in frequent changes of data-reading hardware. "As you must have experienced, there is the problem that you cannot retrieve information and data you managed to collect," said Torii, apparently referring to now-obsolete record players and cine films.

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Hitachi have not decided when to put the chip to practical use but researchers said they could start with storage services for government agencies, museums and religious organizations.

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LongTomH Jan 2013 OP
winter is coming Jan 2013 #1
jsr Jan 2013 #2
LongTomH Jan 2013 #5
Confusious Jan 2013 #3
sakabatou Jan 2013 #4
LongTomH Jan 2013 #6
progressoid Jan 2013 #7

Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:05 PM

1. Woohoo, we can save LOLcats for posterity!

Seriously, are we going to get to the point where everyone has a memory device assigned/implanted at birth, and you just keeping adding stuff to it for the rest of your life?

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:30 AM

2. Assuming there will be hardware and software to read it

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Response to jsr (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 12:48 PM

5. Read the article!

The data is stored in binary, which is likely to be around for a very, very long time. It may be re-invented a few time.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:07 PM

3. I want one

Well, the reader and writer.

I'm going to need a shitload of chips though.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:05 PM

4. One thing: how easy are those thing able to break?

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 12:49 PM

6. I would assume they're at least as durable as a DVD or CD-rom

nfm

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:42 PM

7. I'll take two

Just in case the first one breaks.

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