Storing data in a photon


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So...  Is that new 500gb hard drive just not doing it for you anymore?  Want something bigger?  How about the possibility of storing thousands, if not millions of gigabytes in the space no bigger than a matchbox or smaller?

Well, scientists are getting closer.  The have found a way to store an entire image onto a single proton, slow it down for storage, then retrieve it again.

From the article: “It sort of sounds impossible, but instead of storing just ones and zeros, we're storing an entire image,” says John Howell, assistant professor of physics and leader of the team that created the device. ”It's analogous to the difference between snapping a picture with a single pixel and doing it with a camera—this is like a 6-megapixel camera.”

As it says in the comments,
Wave-particle duality FTW!

So instead of storing data like they do now, you are basically creating the human mind, in some aspects.  Terminator theorists, begin the preaching.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/22/2007 19:26  |    10 | Source

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Aramax (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/27/2007 18:41

The durability of a proton is a big issue since protons are not entirely stable.

Data stored on protons would transform into neutrons as soon as enough energy is supplied. I doubt that the data would survive such drastic change.


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skeddles (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 1/23/2007 15:26
why do we need this? soon we will be able to fit the entire internet in a match box.

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Bifur (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/23/2007 13:47
im stuck with my 10 gb hd =(

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Monkey 'o Doom (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 1/23/2007 12:34
Ahahaha, good catch, Eq. I maintain that I was half-asleep and can't be held accountable for my typography issues.

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Lawrence (Level 10 Operative) @ 1/23/2007 10:52
This is quite interesting. They should bloody hurry up and make 100 terrabyte iPod!

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Equinoxx (Level 3 Stalker) @ 1/23/2007 06:03
MoD, you typed Pronon instead of Proton which in turn should've been Photon ...

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pmprog (Level 4 Murderer) @ 1/23/2007 05:01
If you read the article, the correct word is photon, needs to change the proton word

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Monkey 'o Doom (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 1/23/2007 04:44

You typoed photon into pronon, you might want to fix that. :p

Interesting, but looks pretty lossy from the pictures.


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Equinoxx (Level 3 Stalker) @ 1/23/2007 00:16
wicked

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Skull (Level 11 CEO) @ 1/22/2007 23:18
And there's me thinking Photons are stupid bits of emmited energy.. :p

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