There’s a new type of storage device which many tech corporations have been diving into in secret for the past few years, which Hitachi newly came out with a technology they are developing which is fundamentally a sheet of Quartz Glass, which could possibly save data for up to 300 Million Years!
If you didn’t know anything about storage devices that we at present have, but anything from records, CD’s, USB sticks, magnetic tape, none of these can even lay a finger on this new, very inspiring technology.
“The prototype is made of a square of quartz two centimeters wide and two millimeters thick. It houses four layers of dots that are made with a femtosecond laser, which yields very short pulses of light. The dots represent information in binary form, a standard that should be comprehensible even in the distant future and can be read with a basic optical microscope. Since the layers are embedded, surface erosion would not affect them.” – From the Scientific American Journal
Now, while this is thrilling, there’s more to it than just that. See, While Hitachi presently has a real produceable thing which they will possibly start marketing once they figure out a simple means of relocating data to say, computers and television, the basic model they have (see picture above) only has the data storage volume somewhat better than a CD.
But that’s not to say that this tech is doomed, simply that it’s young… and even then, some people are by now working on a larger and better thing!
Researchers in the University of Southampton in the UK have been developing an even MORE unbelievable technology. It’s called “Superman” Crystals, and possibly has the storage volume of up to 350 TB, and can last forever!
Below: A graphic depicting a 5D optical storage writing setup: femtosecond laser, spatial light modulator (SLM), Fourier lens (FL), half-wave plates matrix (»/2 M), dichroic mirror, 1.2 NA water immersion objective, silica glass sample, translation stage. (Image: University of Southhampton)
“The researchers used a femtosecond laser, which produces pulses of light in femtoseconds (one quadrillionth, or one millionth of one billionth of a second). The 5D read/write laser can record up to a projected 360 TB/disc data capacity on nano-structured glass proficient of thermal stability up to 1000°C — and an almost unlimited lifetime. The information encoding comes in five dimensions that comprise of the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional position of these nano-structures.” – Computerworld
It appears Crystals still got some magic after all. And they don’t have to just be in your pocket, they might be the basis for all of our computers in the future. I mean, they are now, but possibly even more so.
The Crystal Skulls
You’ve all heard of the ancient crystal skulls and the stories that they apparently hold a repository of knowledge. Well, the researchers at hitachi may have just revived an ancient advanced technology. It has been said throughout history that the crystal skulls contain ancient knowledge probably dating back to the time of Atlantis, or even further.
Information on a grand scale. The skulls are said to have the answers to human evolution, universal information, planetary information, and most prized of all, humankind’s destiny and true purpose. The legend claims that at a time of great need, the skulls will be found and reunited. The information they deliver will save the human race. The legend forewarns, though, that mankind must be able to accept the knowledge morally and spiritually.
This data can apparently exist forever, enduring great temperatures and hostile conditions without degrading… at least until the sun starts to die and expands to consume the earth, that is.
Hitachi scientist Kazuyoshi Torii said that quartz glass is extremely stable and resilient material, used to make beakers and other instruments for laboratory use. Due to the medium, the chip is waterproof, resilient to many chemicals and unaffected by radio waves. Even more, it can be exposed directly to high temperature flames and heated to 1,832 Fahrenheit for at least two hours without being spoiled.
“We trust data will survive unless this hard glass is broken,” said senior scientist Takao Watanabe.
Rather than storing precious information for mankind in an ordinary piece of quartz that could have been lost in time, the ancients chose to store their wisdom in a vessel shaped like a human head. These would be used in many rituals and ceremonies, and passed down from generation to generation. In the same way that our human skull guards and holds the brain, a crystal skull is a mind-like container that holds a generational library of knowledge – from ancient history to a blueprint of possible futures.
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