Digital data storage that will last a lifetime
A major discovery in digital data storage has been made at the University of Southampton’s Optical Research Centre (ORC). Scientists have developed the storage device which allows unparalleled properties such as, 360 TB capacity, heat resistant up to 1,000 degrees centigrade, and it is believed to be capable of lasting until the end of time. This means that the device can hold all of man-kinds most important and influential materials for billions of years; major documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton’s Opticks and The Bible, will survive the human race as it is such a stable form of vast digital storage. It may also be incredibly useful for organizations such as museums, libraries and governments to indefinitely store large amounts of data.
The innovative piece of technology was recently showcased to UNESCO at the International Year of Light’s closing ceremony in Mexico. Made of nanostructured glass, the device records and retrieves the five dimensional (5D) data by femtosecond laser writing, and ORC demonstrated this at the renowned event by recording the documents using ultrafast laser, producing extremely short and intense pulses of light.
The storage device has been coined the ‘Superman memory crystal’, due to its comparison to the memory crystals in the Superman movies.
Here is what professor Peter Kazansky from the ORC had to say about their amazing discovery: “This technology can secure the last evidence of our civilization; all we’re learnt will not be forgotten.”