Revolutionary “Superman” Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever

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While most of us are just getting used to the idea of 3D printing, scientists are already working on technological marvels that operate two dimensions deeper. Researchers at the University of Southampton have succeeded in recording and retrieving five dimensional digital data using a quartz crystal. The ‘Superman’ memory crystal is a futuristic storage technique with unprecedented features – including a 360 terabyte per disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited lifetime.

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We’ve all seen those sci-fi movies where a gorgeous alien shoves a pointy crystal into some mega computer and the world is saved. Well, it appears that sci-fi has now become sci-reality. Although it probably won’t save the human world, the researchers working on the ‘Superman’ memory crystal say it will most definitely stick around to share a record of our race with whatever beings excavate the remains of our civilization.

So how does it work? “…the data is recorded via self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz, which is able to store vast quantities of data for over a million years,” explains a press release. “The information encoding is realised in five dimensions: the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional position of these nanostructures.” That sounds complicated, but what it basically means is that, using ultrafast lasers, we can now encode a piece of quartz with 5D information in the form of nanostructured dots separated by only one millionth of a meter.

“The self-assembled nanostructures change the way light travels through glass, modifying polarization of light that can then be read by combination of optical microscope and a polarizer, similar to that found in Polaroid sunglasses,” states the release.

So leave a note for your great-great-grandkids to throw on some 5D glasses, and upload that file containing your life story to their cyborg brain by scanning it with their polarizing eyeballs – easy-peasy.

“It is thrilling to think that we have created the first document which will likely survive the human race,” said Professor Peter Kazansky a supervising researcher on the project. “This technology can secure the last evidence of civilisation: all we’ve learnt will not be forgotten.” The team is now looking for industry partners to commercialize this ground-breaking new technology.

Via Eureakalert and DVice

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  1. Scott Steward May 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Crystals can store data. by Scot Steward published 5-29 2015
    In 1983 Rocket Research Labs, and USC teemed up and funded a feasibility study on a particular type of natural emerald quarts to embed permanent digital data on a four inch by three eights inch Crystal . They estimated at the time would be able to store over 400 terabytes of information…Using laser based transfer and retrieval platform … The result was interesting at the time because they found that with technologies of that time “1981” cutting edge technologies … They could imbed every bit of data desired. However the issue was not in the imbedding. It was in the retrieval … Establishing just exactly where stored data resided, in the Crystal itself . The observation, that every time they turned on the laser, activating to light or positive photon transmission ( to the closed circuit from the open circuit) seemed to cause the data to wake up from a dormant state and it would become fluid (living) so to speak. When this occurred, the data would jump to a new location corrupting its digital address within its own platform with out providing a forwarding address, because it was now floating in a literal sort of living data stream . Kind of like the lights are on, but every one went to the beach for a swim instead, and not leaving a note , sort of thing. They could eventually find hole files of data, but the file allocation tables had most of the time become corrupt ( Not all of the time ) and that simply became another hole block of research that, was unfunded at the time. So the program was tabled awaiting newer, and more stable technological platforms of retrieval … In 2001 Several university’s were working on Light Loop Data Storage using a kind of fiber optics medium . The University of Australia seemed to be in the lead at that time, along with Boston University and USC in a distant third … the issue became “Gating ” or pealing off the specific data from the light loops (ooop’s, a living stream) of trilobites of data, but not singularly, (which is all they could do at that time) but by the billions (like a rail road yard switching billions of box cars, of specific goods going to different locations, but doing it all at the same time at the speed of light so to speak). Grabbing the necessary data and or adding more data and sending it back in to the loop. Sort of a photon designator separator application or filter … This is now 2015….. The “Key” ( of which I would know nothing about . “cynical” ) is in finding a switcher head concept that works . The principle is the same in both concepts. The difference is Crystal Data Storage is permanent on, or off . Light loop storage, the loop is fallible to energy loss in streaming and gating, and all data is lost when the circuit is open ( turned off ). My point … the marriage of both technologies, is the next fundamental step. Photon streaming in permanent storage in a closed circuit without data loss ( living data) by laser or optical light, reed and write and re writable living stream stored in the open circuit and rebootable in the closed circuit state … Sure you give up a little light speed but so fricken what?! Even half the speed of light is faster than we can even dream. This brings us to the gating problem, bringing it in to a manageable prospective …. De fusing the positive and negatively charged photons passing through the Crystal. The same way as an optical lenses in binoculars allows you to expand the data passing though them in an analog or digital format, that your optic nerve can work with, it can then process it’s data converting it to a reliable readable format of, bio electrical pulse signals the brain can interpret, and use. Processing every thing in your field of view at the same time … But hen that is just my thought on the gating issue . On the matter that is before us then, I am probably just some homeless whack job, getting meals at the homeless mission on Saturdays …. ROFLMAO …. Seriously folk’s the Universe is ours, we need only claim it . Oh I can go on . But then, I would be in danger of becoming the village idiot … LOL … But there is a lot more going on in this picture, than most may be able to grasp. Just the simple truth of it . Any one wishing to venture farther, must be open to great speculation, conjecture, and a broader vision of possibility. For those that do. Engage !

  2. Dinky Dee February 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Right just like the crystal skulls…so readable. LOL, it will be there on the crystal and NO ONE will understand or know how to use it!

  3. Clarissa Dolphin October 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Feel like people who are labeled as psychics or healers have known this forever and are vilified for their knowledge. How can our society download data for 5D quartz crystals when a great number of community members operate on a 3D vibration? There is reality we can’t see and it’s gotta be a good idea to start exploring that 5D realm more with tolerance.

  4. cyncoleman April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

    At a computer store in 1991, we were told this would happen one day. We thought sooner, but, finally, we don’t have to wait anymore! The crystals are HERE!

  5. Kade At Intueri Farm April 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    we’ve got thousands of books that tell of our history yet we still make the same mistakes or blatantly ignore lessons of the past. Why would capturing a thousand times more info on a crystal help future generations? There is nothing 5D about it …. you may want to explain your understanding of 5D.

  6. James _ _ January 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Bodhisatva, if you DON’T think cybernetic enhancement of the human race is A) the next step in human evolution and B) a really good idea, then you’ve already gone in a horribly wrong direction…

  7. Bodhisatva January 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    If our future children develop cyborg brains then I believe we have gone in a horribly wrong direction.

  8. ali-n January 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    @ Robert Orth and Drrriesje: Latest DNA storage is about 5.5 petabits of data (~700 terabytes) in one gram of DNA (http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/134672-harvard-cracks-dna-storage-crams-700-terabytes-of-data-into-a-single-gram).

  9. Drrriesje January 6, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Reading the comments below, I feel the need to explain some things.

    To Colleen Maranda:
    The 5 dimensions mentioned here is just another way of explaining that 5 factors play a role in how a datapoint can be written. The three dimensions op space, the angle in which the point is inscribed, and its size. Those two extra dimensions are just two more variables. This creates a lot more capacity on a very small scale, but it doesn’t mean in any way that they use two more time-space dimensions. It’s written in the article by the way, it’ not necessary to read you read your own truth in between the lines.
    Secondly, stop using a double standard towards science, accepting one revolution but denying another, the whole of science works only if it works as a whole (perhaps maybe with the exception of fields like quantum-phisics, because it’s young, and still needs a lot of exploring). Please stop using this double standard. Accept it as a whole, or deny is completely, but be consistent.
    It’s not the place of an ethical scientist to make science ethical, he is just following the rules. The philosophy of science creates the rules within which science works, this includes the scientific method, the concept of causal relations, induction, statistic validity And ethical scientific approach. Science in itself is amoral, it’s practice might be unethical, but there are very specific guidelines preventing this, even for animal testing (which unfortunately has almost no impact on how the industry uses animals for testing their products).

    To Misty Romines Sorensen:
    The idea that this would have been used by previous civilizations is highly doubtful to say the least, the road we had to follow before realizing this kind of technology is a long one, with a lot of necessary knowledge, understanding and mathematical background. I’m not saying that we didn’t loose a lot of informations about old civilizations. But to assume this kind of technology is statistically farfetched to say the least. The probability is practically zero, which makes it a refutable theory. Ockham’s Razor: The simplest and most elegant theory is most likely to be the best.

    To Robert Orth:
    On the question about how much information DNA stores, I’ve looked up some values, assuming DNA has two pairs, if you translate them into ones and zeros, human DNA stores less than half a MB. Doesn’t look like all that much? Well it is, taking into account that this is an enormous amount because the atomic scale of DNA. I’m not sure what these crystals would be able to hold on which volume, it mights come very close.

    There, I truly hope that I cleared some things out and answered some questions.

  10. Ruaan Van Rooyen January 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    That’s amazing, I can remember an article about this a couple of years ago where they stated that scientists are working on this discovery.. Great to know that they made the breakthrough.. I’d love to see the cameras they gonna build with this new technology..

  11. Bryce St Louis January 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    so how do i use my quartz crystal to store data from my laptop?

  12. Joe Eigo January 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Ancient knowledge from Lemuria and Atlantis. Part of my crystal super hero story book for empowering the crystal children of the golden age.

  13. Colleen Maranda August 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Science (that is a realm of the human brain) slowly opens to ancient wisdom (that is a realm of the human heart). I agree with our tribal cultures that planet Earth, including everything in and on her, is a living library. Many of us accept what the Masters, saints and gurus have taught – that the brain is designed to serve the heart, not subvert it.

    Yes, this memory crystal technology is “futuristic” from the more limited, linear 3D perspective. But all the relatively pure, uncorrupted earthly bodies are more likely resonant with the 5D “bandwidth”, I think. And therefore, not energetically confined within time/space. Including birds, animals and human infants.

    Medical and other branches of science have done grievous harm by exploiting and defiling nature’s purity, in all its forms. As part of this, they still terrorise, traffic, confine, restrain and torture animals – usually on behalf of corporate entities.

    Ethical scientists could be far more vocal in demanding ethical practice from all scientists. In other words, they could actively facilitate the expanded heart-centred awareness that I suggest is 5th Dimensional.

  14. Misty Romines Sorensen August 10, 2013 at 3:37 am

    What if this has already been done by a previous civilization via the crystal skulls found some years back.

  15. Robert Orth August 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    How many terrabytes does human DNA hold?

  16. Clare Puskarczyk July 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I was reminded of Marcel Vogel’s work:
    http://www.vogelcrystals.net/legacy_of_marcel_vogel.htm

  17. zhanna sab July 15, 2013 at 2:30 am

    wow, the beauty of a human mind!

  18. Maria Ferreira July 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Referent to “Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever”, have they even though, that Those same Crystals may have been already most probably encoded, many… many moons ago???

  19. Winged Heron July 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Very interesting and very Babylon 5.
    What the iPhone is to Star Trek (tricorder) so is the Data Crystal to B5 – sci-fi is a precursor to the future it seems, from the times of Jules Verne, if not before

  20. Rainer Proskch July 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Interesting.. Let us hope that the technology to read the data stored in this device will be preserved. Otherwise it makes no sense.
    – Rainer Proksch, Mconception (mconception.com)

  21. Shannon Slanina July 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Yeah… but where is superman??:D

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