What’s bad about technology? It’ll be always out of date. Once you’ve upgraded to the latest, it’s already become obsolete. Maybe there’s hope with Hitachi, the storage and electronics giant, unveiling a glimpse at the future of long-lasting digital storage: glass.
The 2-centimeter by 2-millimeter square of quartz glass can hold 40 megabytes per square inch and is meant to stand the test of time. The thought of losing our digital files — an entire iTunes library — is crushing. The researchers say the material can last almost forever. But the slim glass can also handle physical abuse as much as digital.
Where today’s external hard drives may fail after a decade, this new storage can last in extreme heat (1,832 Fahrenheit (ca. 1,000 °C)), is waterproof and can stand up against most chemicals.
While this tech has not been put to practical tests or uses yet, would you be excited to transfer all your data one final time? Let us know in the comments.