The people at G.E. will be announcing a new technology that will allow the storage of 100 DVDs on a single disk. Though the new technology is only in the laboratory stages, there is a possibility we will be seeing this new technology some time in our future. This could impact those in business and also the consumer market since it will increase the amount of information that can be stored on a single disk. How about all of your hard disk info. on one disk instead of spanning many?
In the N.Y. Times article it states that:
“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.
The promising work by the G.E. researchers is in the field of holographic storage. Holography is an optical process that stores not only three-dimensional images like the ones placed on many credit cards for security purposes, but the 1’s and 0’s of digital data as well.
The data is encoded in light patterns that are stored in light-sensitive material. The holograms act like microscopic mirrors that refract light patterns when a laser shines on them, and so each hologram’s recorded data can then be retrieved and deciphered.
In addition to the advances in the amount of storage that will become available, this new technology will help in keeping the U.S. a leader in new technology. This should go to show us that we can conqueror any thing that stands in our way and that technology will lead us into a better future.