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Glass memory "crystal" used as harddisks

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posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 02:39 PM

Superman's "memory crystals" have flown out of the realm of fiction into fact now that boffins have found a way to store 50GB of data in a disc of glass no bigger than the screen of a basic mobile phone.

Using nanotechnology and a new coding technics, researchers from the University of Southampton found a promising new way to store data on glass Source.

This technology could store ilarge quantities of informations for eternity, if the disc's is protected from erosion.

Still some time before you can expect this in your computer store. Femto-lasers is quiet expensive for a personal computers and is cirrently used for eyesurgery.

I cant help but think if the next step after glass is crystal (skulls). The reference to superman is about the memory crystals he used to store a holographic movie of he's parents.

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posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 02:43 PM
I wonder how long they have been hanging on to this kind of tech
very interesting though. Another 10 years and something better will come along and make this obselete.

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 02:47 PM
We are only a few components away from realizing a fully light driven computing system. Everything from the bus to the monitor will use light instead of electrons and instead of encoding stuff digitally we will image it. We will be able to stream directly from the glass storage to our laser monitors. To take it a step further, you will be able to stream to and from the cloud using a fiber channel at your home instead of DSL or cable.

IBM already has a processor that uses lasers, it only a matter of time and new materials.

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:01 PM
Isnt glass really a fluid though? I forget the exact term, but it flows VERY slowly over time. Look at the windows in a building that is a few hundred years old, the panes are all ripply and thicker at the bottom than at the top. How would we store the disc indefinately?

By the way, your link is broken
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posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:02 PM
reply to post by Mimir

They should adapt the readers to find out what the crystal skulls have hidden in them. Hmmm. maybe in time we will see. thanks for the post.

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:04 PM
Given science fictions fascination with crystals in advanced storage and computing for (I don't think its unreasonable to guess) 80 years I think its interesting that more and more we seem to be moving in that direction and finding practical means of realizing the vision. So - what made the first sci-fi writer think of it?

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:10 PM
Blu Ray can already store 50gb but still an interesting find considering the medium.
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posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:15 PM

Originally posted by IntegratedInstigator
Isnt glass really a fluid though?

No, glass is actually a solid. The reason old Victorian homes have thicker glass at the bottom of the window is due to the way that the glass is made. The glass is then mounted with the heaviest side down to support the glass better.

I have glass in my home that is over 30 years old so I should notice the same drooping by now but I don't. Also, look at some really old glass goblets or mugs, they don't sag.

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:22 PM
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When I read your title I immediately thought of the Crystal Skulls. Nice find my friend

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:26 PM

even today, the most advanced microprocessor chips have so many transistors that it is impractical to supply power to all of them at the same time. Source

If Moore’s Law is to be uphold, we need new technology like this, there’s indications that the growth in computerpower is slowing down.

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That and a lot of other stuff could bring a interesting future. House’s is getting more intelligent today, maybe nanotechnology will make your paint act as a screen. Your toilet could analyze Your urine for lack of nourishment and sickness and report back to You. You might have contact lenses with subtext’s and access to TV and the internet. Guess you could keep the list going on forever.
But if all this is to happen we need to evolve, make science to the people of the world and stop all those ridiculous tribal feuds all around the globe.

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If you want to talk microscopically, then you can call glass a fluid. But people understandably tend to think that if it's a fluid, it flows. It's that notion that's false."Stokes has recently proved with detailed calculations that old windows could not have flowed perceptibly. Source

And link repaired.

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posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 04:30 PM

Originally posted by BIGPoJo
IBM already has a processor that uses lasers, it only a matter of time and new materials.
IBM has been working on this since 1995.

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 05:32 PM
Crystal Skulls anyone? I mean thats what they are said to have stored in them is Data, so cant we read what they have stored now?

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 06:43 PM
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I might be wrong but I think that changed with more modern techniques of producing glass like tempering and the like... I had a 100 year old house and all of the panes were thicker at the bottom, weird thing about it is they seemed soooo much clearer. It was almost like putting on glasses to correct my vision, everything appeared to be more in focus, I'm sure that had to do with tinting that they ues these days to block out UV rays, better for the temprature in my house but at a loss of my clear views.

This is really cool, I already have a fiber optic connection through Verizon, it is amazing to think of what we have yet to discover ( or what we have forgotten Crystal Skulls ). I grew up with the Atari 2600, green screen monitors, Intelivision, and black & white T.V.'s, it really blows my mind to think about what the world will look like for my Grandkids. Amazing to think about how fast the world has changed on the scale of things, it is almost like we were infants as far a tech goes even 20 years ago. If I took my Android phone back in time 200 years I'd be a God or a witch, it could not be differentiated from Magic to the people of that time

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 07:30 PM

Originally posted by wastedownIf I took my Android phone back in time 200 years I'd be a God or a witch, it could not be differentiated from Magic to the people of that time
The magic would disappear with the battery charge, that's the problem of many of today's technologies.

posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 07:56 PM
Great! More fragile glass in my already fragile computer!

But seriously, this is pretty cool. I honestly thing computing will be way different then what it has been for the last 20 years, and I mean drastically.

posted on Aug, 20 2011 @ 01:42 AM
Yea, if we can get past all those doomsday prophecies posted all the time the future could be very bright.

Here is another glass part for your glass computer. A transparent screen, could these be integrated in your windows in the future? If the computer is fast enough you could let it identify fingerprints while used as a extra security.

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posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 10:21 AM
Found a few posts with further information on the glass storage technology. As i already mentioned in the initial post it can be used as a harddisk, but there is indications that tell the voxel's could be very usefull in the creation of holographic TV too.

The researchers said the potential new memory, which promises to be cheaper, may also have possible applications in optical manipulation as well as medical imaging.

“This enables more precise laser material processing, optical manipulation of atom-sized objects, ultra-high resolution imaging and potentially, table-top particle accelerators. Information can be written, wiped and rewritten into the molecular structure of the glass using a laser," the University said

Also, the researchers said that at sufficient intensities, ultra-short laser pulses can be used to imprint tiny dots (like 3D pixels) called “voxels" in glass

“We have improved the quality and fabrication time and we have developed this five-dimensional memory, which means that data can be stored on the glass and last forever. No one has ever done this before," said Martynas Beresna, lead researcher for the' eyed as new computer memory

More on voxels and holgraphic projection in this source.

Recently hailed by Life magazine as one of the medical breakthroughs for the 21st century, Voxel's medical holograms give doctors a 3-D view of the human body. A hologram of a CT or MRI scan would allow brain surgeons, for example, to measure the exact size, depth, and location of a tumor.Holograms Go Futuristic

For those who got no clue what holographic TV is, here is a example and I embeded another.

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posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 10:30 AM
Cool find. What i find VERY intriguing is the amount of ancient/old folklore speaking about crystals as carriers of information. How could it be in our common subconscious so long before we could achieve the technology? Maybe it is just a coincidence, i don't know.

posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 03:46 AM
reply to post by Mimir

Well this monitor is a fake but yes they do have very similar LCD monitors that are actually real. And in fact if you are not afraid of a little effort you can make most any LCD monitor transparant.
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posted on Aug, 22 2011 @ 09:00 AM
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Yes I know it's a fake hologram, but it does it's purpose by showing what a bad hologram could look like. I would love a holographic TV room..... but I dont want to know what all the youth's surfing for porn, would do in such a room.

Imagine nature movies in a room of holograms....or Jurassic Park

 tried that link just to test if i linked real porn?
Shame on you!

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