Data written to a glass “memory crystal” could remain intact for a million years, according to scientists from the UK and the Netherlands who recently demonstrated the technology for the first time.
Scientists have been looking into the idea of glass as a medium for mass data storage since 1996, when it was first suggested that data could be written optically into transparent materials.
The capacity is being called “superhero memory.” The remarkable thing is that information stored in such a way could outlast the human race.
Last December, Scientific American published a report saying that Hitachi has developed a small, crystal square that will revolutionize data storage. Sealed in quartz, the article said, information might be retained as long as 300 million years.
But fans of quality television programming are not hearing this for the first time. Ancient Aliens gave viewers a hint of this phenomenon in the October (2013) episode on crystals and possible information that may be stored in them from, you guessed it, aliens. “Luminous relics in the shape of human skulls. Otherworldly artifacts believed to harness the secrets of the universe. Are the Crystal Skulls part of an elaborate hoax? Or do they possess a great, perhaps even otherworldly power?” Asked the show.
Looks like we’re on the verge of finding out.