We all know DNA stores the code that makes us exist. Those Gs, Ts, Cs and As might not seem like much, but they’re effectively the same as computer code.
Plus, unlike computers, DNA works at the molecular scale — meaning that you can pack an inconceivable amount of information into a really, really tiny space.
With the rise of HD, constant streaming, and mega media consumption, storing staggering amounts of data in molecular form might just be a necessity.
Scientists have already been working on DNA-based computer storage for a few years now.
So far we’ve managed to translate hundreds of megabytes holding everything from a computer virus to an Amazon Gift Card into DNA.
In the next few years, Microsoft believes it can bring a DNA-based storage solution online in a commercial data center by 2020.