Using DNA to store information and replace current data storage with hard drives and SSD is coming closer than everyone expected. It can be seen as a new storage technology breakthrough. It all began in the 1988 Harvard experiment, then additional experiments were carried out by various scientists.
Store the entirety of the Wizard of Oz, followed by the War and Peace novel that demonstrated the future of data storage to break through from the current SSD, a next generation which will transform how we humankind store data in the near future.
DNA has been chosen by all life forms as the information storage medium of choice, it lasts long after magnetic storage becomes obsolete. It is well known that The God (or some believe it is a species from an advanced civilization that visited Earth during ancient time) is the medium of choice to store all life form data in a DNA manner.
The magnetic hard drive or improved version of it, as one of the most popular methods for storing data in today’s computer system. The store data in chunks of 1s and 0s, known as binary code. Similarly, DNA-based storage requires an encoding and decoding scheme. It uses four building blocks, rather than the diary 2s and 0s in magnetic hard drives, this is why it is uniquely future-proof, and do not forget all life forms store data in DNA basis. It lasts for hundreds of thousands of years. The beauty of it is that it requires virtually zero maintenance once it is stored, it being proof by the fossils preserving DNA sequences we discovered during human civilization.
Due to being a new technology, the initial cost is higher, the key challenge is how to bring it down to an affordable level so it can be mass adoption. Nevertheless, it is a new technology that is worth to closely follow and monitor, it will change the current storage market. As it offers what we called it lifetime storage possibilities.
If you read the news, more and more members are going to the DNA Data Storage Alliance and have committed to addressing the explosive growth of digital data by establishing the foundations of a cost-effective commercial archival storage ecosystem. It will eliminate the limited longevity of current technology and require data migration to achieve long-term data storage.
As we move toward rich media generation, we are generating more non text data, from audio-visual to video content, this advancement will align with technology change.
With DNA, another related technology introduced, DNA of Things or (DoT). DoT encodes digital data into DNA molecules, which are then embedded into objects. This gives the ability to create objects that carry their own blueprint, similar to biological organisms. In contrast to Internet of things, which is a system of interrelated computing devices, DoT creates objects which are independent storage objects, completely off-grid.
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