The most fascinating and continuously advancing aspect of Data is the way it is hoarded. From megabytes to terabytes, data storage has taken new dawn in the past few years. Regardless of the choice of storage, files & documents are no longer need to be lived on hardware devices.
Though, the way how those files are ultimately stored hasn’t changed a bit. Whether the source is hardware or cloud, it’s stored automatically. The compilation of hard drives is mounting, and server farms are becoming omnipresent. In this era of Big Data, enduring data storage the way we do today, we will eventually run out of power and space.
The Most Revolutionary Data Storage Method Yet:
Fortunately, there’s a high-tech method to store data by encoding into DNA. DNA, basically, is a form of storing information about living beings such as how they look, how they grow, and what their personalities are like. So can we use this encoding method to, store data? The answer is YES! Science and technology have opened up a whole new world for Data Science and Data Analytics Techniques.
Instead of storing information in forms of 1s and 0s encoding, A, G, C, & T is used to stuff the data inside DNA. After packing into DNA, plenty of redundancy ensures that even if a few pieces can’t be decoded or are lost, there is still enough information left.
Benefits of DNAs being used for data storage:
Error-Free Storage and Retrieval
It’s easy to maintain, store, and recover manifold copies of information exclusive of errors using DNA encoding. The encoding algorithm is similar to how videos are streamed. So even if a few pieces of information are lost, they can be simply spotted and replaced.
Better Data Compression
The pure density of storage means that we can condense data 1,000X more competently than methods used today. The best thing is that this density can be attained without overheating hardware, which is the present preventive factor.
DNA doesn’t demean easily; at room temperature, one can store DNA for up to 4,000 years and can last even more if stored in a dark and cold place. As DNA is so necessary in terms of evolution, its significance will not reduce easily. We humans, thousands of years in the future, can still interpret DNA the way it’s programmed now.
Currently, the only downside is that DNA storage is still a few years away from being a feasible choice. It’s still slow to interpret from DNA and is still too pricey to be used in business. All we can do is hope for our next generations to store and access data through advanced DNA data storage technology.