The 21st century could very well be called the Century of Data, with more and more digital media and fewer and fewer good ideas about where to store it all, especially for future generations. Researchers at the University of Southampton may have come up with a solution, though, with what they call eternal 5D.
Eternal 5D stands for, you guessed it, five dimensions, and because I’m not anywhere close to being a scientist, I’m not going to try to explain how it works. But I do know that the discs are extremely small, can withstand temperatures of up to 350 degrees, won’t break down until 13.8 billion years have passed (at which point I think we can stop worrying about episodes of Seinfeld existing in the universe) and can hold 360 terabytes of data.
Put simply, that means that eternal 5D data storage could hold all of human history and then some on a format that’s viable for the indefinite future and beyond. You can see a very short video about a disc being produced below, and for a lot more information on the technology head over to the University of Southampton’s site here.
Here’s the video: