The future of technology is about more than just increasing raw processing power and embracing the likes of quantum computing -- storage is also a serious concern. We already generate huge amounts of data, and the amount we need to store is only going to increase.
Just as processors have developed in new and exciting ways over the years, so there have been great strides made in the field of storage. But variants on the current methods of storage are simply not going to cut it for much longer. Thankfully, scientists in Ireland may have come up with a solution -- storing data in DNA.
It is estimated that by the year 2025, our global annual data production level will increase tenfold -- from 16 to 160 zettabytes (with a zettabyte being one billion terabytes). Current methods of data storage are not only inefficient and reaching their feasible limits, they are also massively demanding in terms of physical space and energy consumption.