Superman Memory Crystal

Forget your latest flash drive or the cloud for storage, there’s an even more robust option to save digital information.

We’re way beyond the 5 meg hard drive being loaded onto a plane in 1956 (pic below), we’re now looking at 360 terabytes being stored on a piece of glass the size of a small coin. It’s been called the 'Superman memory crystal', with a capacity to save information for nearly 14 billion years.

Using laser etching, researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK stated that "It is thrilling to think that we have created the technology to preserve documents and information and store it in space for future generations.” Copies of the historical Magna Carta and King James Bible have already been digitally stored on the crystal.

Beyond the data size capabilities, this '5D data storage' can survive for billions of years at temperatures of 374 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) and can withstand up to 1,832 degrees F (1,000 degrees C.) So your folders of selfies will be completely safe.

It still seems a while way away from everyday use, but when it arrives, you can bet that Apple will charge a premium for their memory crystal reader. At least it’ll last forever, until Apple change the memory port sizes.

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