Thursday, August 23, 2012
Harvard researchers have made a breakthrough in storing data using DNA. They stored 700 TB, or about 350 very large hard disks, in a gram of DNA. It is just lab experimenation at this stage, and it would be slow to access. But it lasts for hundreds of thousands of years, which is something to think about next time your hard disk turns into a clunky paperweight.
As we've seen elsewhere, technology is still advancing rapidly, leading to potentially disruptive change. Fusing together biology and computing could be transfomative - but also raise some worries. We're not close to coming to terms with how technology is altering the social landscape.