Skip to comments.Superman's memory crystals may become reality in computers (rewritable crystals?)
Posted on 08/20/2011 8:48:14 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Superman's memory crystals may become reality in computers
Computers may soon be saving their data onto hard drives made of glass following research by British scientists who have developed a way of storing information similar to the "memory crystals" seen in the Superman films.
By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
9:45AM BST 14 Aug 2011
Researchers at Southampton University used lasers to rearrange the atoms in pieces of glass, turning it into new type of computer memory.
They claim the glass memory is far more stable and resilient than current types of hard-drive memory, which have a limited lifespan of a couple of decades and are vulnerable to damage from high temperatures and moisture.
The glass memory can withstand temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees F, is unaffected by water and can last for thousands of years without losing information.
Information can be written, wiped and rewritten into the molecular structure of the glass using a laser, the scientists claim.
The process changes the way light travels through the glass, creating whirlpools of polarised light that can then be read in much the same way as data in optical fibres.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Pyramids have stood for thousands of years, but knowledge and information had no equivalent so far. Maybe this may change it if it is indeed the real deal. Of course, we need to set it to read-only mode.
Also probably EMP resistant..
How did they confirm this? ;-P
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>How did they confirm this?
The same way they figured out that global warming will kill mankind in the next 5 years....5 years ago.
What happens if someone drops it...WHOOPS?!
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer....
Yes, but can it withstand being thrown at an iceberg at the North Pole and pop up with a hologram of Brando?
I think that we'll find a way to preserve information. But what is really in more jeopardy is human life as we know it. Humans are fragile creatures. We will likely be extinct at some point while our "information" lives on. Perhaps for other inelligent creatures that emerge millions of years from now.
I hwve heard that only about 5% of the materials in the great Alexandria library have come down to us. Among those lost are the dialogues of Aristotle. More to the point, more than half the old movies are already gone. Not much reason to think that they in their present formats will be available in a while.
Excerpt: “Record Keeper quartz crystals have tiny triangular shapes embedded or raised on the surface. Sometimes theres just one and sometimes the crystal is covered with them. Some are outlined with repetitive shapes making a chevron pattern. Just as the name implies, record keepers store ancient wisdom. “
I have seen many natural crystals with these triangular chevron shapes - very hard to see. Most people never do as you must look for them. They are on the facets that make up the point - to be seen, you must angle the surface to light just right. They are barely discernible, but they are there on may natural crystals.
our radios started out with cystals.
According to the evolutionists, intelligence is just an acciderntal thing. Maybe not?
I'm with you.
I've recently taken an interest in the Roman Republic/Empire and those guys had no shortage of scribes, poets, bureaucrats, secretaries, shorthand....you name it, they wrote it down.
But they wrote much of it on wax tablets and then you have fire, earthquakes, political re-writing/wholesale erasures etc. and, of course, just the general mindless destruction by the Vandals and other invaders.
It's funny when you find out that the best source for Caesar is Caesar himself from his war dispatches (that he later collected into a book that became a Roman bestseller).
That man knew how to promote himself!
Of course. That's because the Moslems sacked the city and burned the library. That's another way they've "enriched our culture."
And we thought the Rosetta Stone was hard to crack! We'd better hope our civilization survives because I don't really see any post-apocalyptic monkey-man descendants of ours kicking up a chunk of crystal memory in the ancient rubble of New York City and saying to his buddy, "Hey, Og, let's see if we can find a message from our ancient ancestors stored at the molecular level in this piece of glass."
The computer you are using would not work, without a crystal. It provides the timing signal that is necessary for the hardware and software to work.
Doesn’t the crystal tic off at 33 1/2 mhz? No wonder my computer clock can’t stay in sync in real time.
Several hundred years later, Mongols came along and destroyed all library collections in Baghdad as well as killing most of its residents. Karma at work?
Actually the oldest baked clay tablets predate the pyramids
Progress: going from am information storage system that lasts 5000 years to one that can be corrupted by a fridge magnet.
That's my home computer set up. The server is the one on the right. Data transfer is achieved through the special reserve data transmission fluid. Very high transfer rates can be achieved in the direct fluid to neuron receptor networks, the only draw back being at the receiving end, occasionally resulting in fluid memory dumps to the porcelain memory buffer. That's a software problem.
I would recommend Will Durant’s “Caeser and Christ” as interesting and readable history.
...and can last for thousands of years without losing information.
How did they confirm this? ;-P
Perhaps Helen Thomas or Madelin AllDull gave a personal report from personal observations.
PRESERVING [NOT as in pickling]
two VERY DIFFERENT operations.