All the data in your fingertip

By Apers0n (DNA Double Helix by NHGRI.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Science fiction is getting that much more real. The latest science news has me pondering the possibilities. Researchers are developing ways to back up your hard drive to DNA. This sort of biotech leads to all sorts of interesting concepts. From the idea of a living ship ala Farscape to the “biocyph” seed technology in Song of Scarabaeusby Sara Creasy. (A biocyph is both a program and a living organism that manages planet terraforming and the large amount of data necessary for such a task).

Synthetic Biology is a field bound to change the way we think of data and even ourselves. Certainly fiction and film has explored this in biopunk and cyberpunk… the first that came to mind written by our own Kim Knox, Synthetic Dreams.

So I’m left here wondering, if I’m going to store my pictures, music, and my mess of manuscript fragments in a bit of DNA storage, where would I keep it? The tip of my finger? Or, maybe a little plant that sits next to my computer…however that may look in the future. I’m thinking that living storage might be quite neat indeed. And can you picture the change in our landfills? Down with all those ipod chargers and circuit boards and let’s just keep everything in our fingertip.


Ella Drake is a dark paranormal and science fiction romance author. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, & Goodreads.

Her Science Fiction Romance, Desert Blade is a near-future post-apocalyptic romance from Carina Press. Currently available SFR: Silver Bound, Jaq’s Harp, Braided Silk & Firestorm on E’Terra. MetalMark, coming soon from Lyrical Press.


One comment

  1. ooo you said biopunk 🙂

    I love this living technology idea. Could it go further, not just created data, but self data? Could we keep backups of ourselves at certain moments in our life –like Mac’s Time Machine — to either re-remember times (a scientific pensieve from HP?) or to do a full restore if our brain failed? Then of course, you have to chose what synthetic body it goes into… <–runs wild with the bunnies 😀

    And thanks for the mention! 🙂

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