The Engineers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have announced the development of a kind of digital storage capable of saving data for billions of years.  Using nano structured glass, scientists from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by fem to second laser writing. The scientist behind the technology said device could be used to store information from national archives, museums and libraries.
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights recorded into 5D optical data (Credit: University of Southampton)

“It is electrifying to think that we have created the technology to preserve documents and information and store it in space for future generations,” said Peter Kazansky, a quantum electronics expert at the British university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre. “This technology can secure the last indication of our evolution: All we’ve learned will not be forgotten.”
The scientist also mention that this device is based on Superman memory crystal, as the glass memory has been likened to the “memory crystals” used in the Superman films, the data is recorded via self-accumulated nanostructures created in attached quartz. The information encrypting is understood in five dimensions: the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional location of these nanostructures.
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