Storing data to last up to 1 million years

A team of researchers at the University of Southampton have demonstrated a way to record and retrieve as much as 360 terabytes of digital data onto a single disk of quartz glass in a way that can withstand temperatures of up to 1000 C and should keep the data stable and readable for up to a million years.



  • Odi Kosmatos

    But can it stand the coldness of the vacuum of space, or even worse, the cold of Canadian winters?

  • Duncan

    Any time I see people seriously thinking about long-term archives I’m obliged to mention the LongNow Foundation:

    http://longnow.org

    In particular, check out the Rosetta Project. If this technology is as good as hoped, it should be included in their plans.

  • James Baker

    Fortunately, many people in 1,002,013 AD will still be on Android 2, so no access problem!

  • GTWilson

    But the quartz disc player fails one week after the warranty is up.

    • Odi Kosmatos

      …and forces you to watch commercials and trailersbefore you can access the content

  • thatguy

    Good news for the NSA! (ugh.)

  • MWO

    Now we only need to find a way to keep civilization around for that long!

    • dr.nn

      Elites are hoping to build underground shelters and feed on surface dwellers.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/his-divine-shadow His Shadow

    Paper copies of Shakespeare may not make it, but my Twitter archive will…

    • Moeskido

      Mister President, we must not allow a mine-shaft gap!