Catalog: Tracy Kambara

Fiona Mischel
Published -
September 1, 2021

Humans have been storing information since the Stone Age. And surprisingly, forms of data storage like painting or rock carving have lasted for millennia. The same cannot be said for more modern methods like cassettes and CDs. How can we store our data for the next millennia if our storage systems have shrinking functional lifespans?

Meet CATALOG, a company working to archive human data in DNA. DNA is one of the most stable molecules we know of and it has a language we can program. Hear how data is stored in DNA, what it takes to fit all of Wikipedia into a test tube, and how we could soon be computing with DNA.

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Episode credits: Hosted by Fiona Mischel, produced by Nikita Michelsen, and recorded, edited, and engineered by Bryce Joseph-Nelson

Recorded: 8/25/21