I can picture archaeologists sifting these things out of our scattered, buried ruins 10,000 years from now, at first thinking they’re just shinies, and then figuring it out…
Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser writing.
The storage allows unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190°C) opening a new era of eternal data archiving.
And the arguments would begin. “No way those primitives could have done such a thing. Why look at their social science! They blew themselves up, didn’t they? So now you’re telling me they had mastered material science of this elegance? If they could do things like this with lasers, tell me why they were still using TNT. Just tell me that.”
Then one day they find a little glass disk containing an audiobook of Chariots of the Gods, translate it, and hilarity ensues. Sure hope future scientists don’t have dueling. Or – if they’re like our current crop of climate ‘scientists,’ maybe I hope they do.