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Bio-Informatics – “The future of the information”

The status quo of “information”

Today’s computer science and informatics are booming as we can see. As before, we used the paper and book to record our information. With the increasing of the amount of information, we choose to use tape- or disk-based storage to manage our information. Having considered that the information security and capability, our digital universe, the set of all digital data worldwide, is forecast to grow to over 16 zettabytes in 2017. This exponential growth is quickly exceeding our ability to store it, even when accounting for development in our current storage technologies. In that case, we try to find some ways to change the format of information and store, communicate or transfer more easily.


The new technology of information

DNA molecules, the material our genes are made of, have the potential to perform calculations many times faster than the world’s most powerful human-built computers. DNA might one day be integrated into a computer chip to create a so-called biochip that will push computers even faster. DNA molecules have already been harnessed to perform complex mathematical problems. Besides that, the Nick(2013) and his team managed to store the digital information into DNA. This success can inspire me that in the future the information could be changed in different aspects, for example, storage could be changed in DNA, transferring could be changed in bioelectricity.  

Why should the information be changed?

Firstly, it is the breathtaking raw storage capacity and longevity. As we all know, the growth is extremely quick that the physical devices may have not the ability to store these things as well. The next point is that the communication. Information could be cheated easily by Hacker. When we transferring some information between users, it not can be ensured one hundred presents to be safe. The last but not least, the information does not have its own space. Based on those reasons, my idea for this project is to make the information change in the future. For example, for the individual, we can put the personal information in our fingers, mole or skin, which could make the information belongs to that person. More crazy ideas that we could import the information into the building, or architecture that the people who are in these buildings have the permission to share this information and through some bioelectricity to develop the information transfer. Therefore, the information could have more capability and their own space.



[1] Goldman, N., Bertone, P., Chen, S., Dessimoz, C., LeProust, E., Sipos, B. and Birney, E. (2013). Towards practical, high-capacity, low-maintenance information storage in synthesized DNA. Nature, 494(7435), pp.77-80.

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[3]Fan, S. (2018). This Droplet of DNA Could Store 600 Smartphones Worth of Retrievable Data. [online] Singularity Hub. Available at: [Accessed 15 Feb. 2018].