Unlimited Lifetime Glass Coin Time Capsule To Preserve Human History
Scientists from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed a glass disc just smaller £2 coin that is capable of holding 360TB of data and has thermal stability up to 1,000°C.
The strength and resilience of the nanostructured glass which makes up the disc is believed to make the disc something that could survive with its stored information intact for billions of years. It’s certainly a long way from burying a box of artifacts under the floor of a new shopping centre and commentators have said that it is more akin to the memory crystal idea featured in the Superman films.
Kills 2 Birds With One Stone
This breakthrough invention in robust miniature storage mediums kills 2 birds with one stone by cracking the problem of finding something that can securely store large amounts of information over very long periods of time and by being able to record a very large amount of information onto a practical storage medium that's very small.
The researchers have tested the storage potential of the new disc so far by managing to write a number of lengthy cultural and historic works to it including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Newton’s Opticks, the Magna Carta, and the King James Bible to 5D.
What Does It Mean For Your Business?
Secure storage and backup up of digital data are major concerns for business and developments in this areas are always welcomed.