Scientists Create Nanotech Memory That Holds Data For A Billion Years

We may earn a commission from links on this page.

If you've ever watched a hard drive die a slow death, you'll know computer memory isn't forever. So if you'd like to upload your consciousness and live forever, that's a major challenge. Luckily, science has a solution: billion-year nano-data storage.


Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley have developed a nanotube technology that can store a bit for 1 billion years — and it has the theoretical capacity to store 1 trillion bits per square inch. Scientists say the technology to create the nanotubes is well within current methods for manufacturing semiconductors.

The only problem with such small and sensitive technology is that, by reading it, you might automatically degrade it. Calculations show that the binary values within the nanotube would change in about a billion years — which is, after all, much longer than human existence to date. And even in a normal human life, people change. So, go for it!


US team create carbon nanotube ultra-memory [The Register]

Earlier: Virtual Resurrection: The Dead Who Went To Cyber-Heaven

[Image Via Sandia Labs]