Can DNA be used to store huge amounts of data in ordinary objects? Yes. Huge amounts of music and everything else online can be stored using DNA. Life forms on earth contain their own assembly and operating instructions in the form of RNA and DNA. This is not true with inanimate man-made objects… but it could be in the future.
Using DNA as a data storage mechanism has been proven to work. One group has already 3D printed a rabbit with the 3D printing instructions for the rabbit embedded in it. It’s a bit of a gimmick … until we have rabbits that can 3D print copies of themselves using these instructions, however.
“…Yaniv Erlich, an Israeli computer scientist, developed a method that theoretically makes it possible to store 215,000 terabytes of data in a single gram of DNA.” ( SciDaily )
In the future, the directions to 3D print any 3D printed object might be durably embedded in the material of the object itself using a DNA storage method. That sounds like technology worthy of the year 2020. With 1.7 billion web sites and 4.4 billion Internet users, (see InternetLiveStats ) we are always going to want better data storage.
What if this turns out to be a bad idea though and we end up with object data DNA mixed into our own DNA, with instructions for 3D rabbits passed on for many generations? So many great science fiction stories could come from this basic idea.
Can you pick up foreign DNA from an object you accidentally eat? Even if you could, it seems unlikely that at would make it into any reproductive cells. Then again, it only has to happen once. Hmm…
3D Rabbit by ale-martins-art, likely not the 3D rabbit from the story.
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