The volume of data that humans produce and store is constantly increasing. Forecasts suggest that by 2025, the total volume of data worldwide will reach 250 zettabytes, or 250 billion terabytes. The short lifespan of storage technologies such as hard disk drives means that they are not only very expensive, but also produce considerable amounts of electrical waste. In the NEO project, we are now seeking to use DNA nanotechnology to develop an innovative, future-proof storage medium.
The international, interdisciplinary consortium behind the ‘Next Generation Molecular Data Storage’ project (NEO) includes KU Leuven (Belgium), Graz University of Technology (Austria), Imperial College London and the University of Surrey (United Kingdom). Paderborn University is heading up the project.
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