29 Jul 2017

Beyond binary: storing data in DNA

From This Way Up, 12:25 pm on 29 July 2017

Stone tablets, papyrus, paper, wax rolls, vinyl, magnetic tape, hard then floppy disks, CD, DVD, USB drives, SD cards and then the cloud: just a handful of ways that we've stored information over the ages.

Now scientists and tech companies are looking to store information in DNA, the densest known storage medium in the universe. Apparently all the films ever made would fit into a volume the size of a sugarcube!

Luis Ceze from The University of Washington has been exploring the possibilities.