Microsoft transfers data to quartz plates – in case of a global catastrophe

(ORDO NEWS) — In the event of a global catastrophe, people have long begun to create storage facilities with seeds of various plant species, one of the largest is located in Norway – the so-called.

The Global Seed Vault or “Doomsday Vault” today contains 1,145,693 “backup copies” of seeds from all over the world. Microsoft decided to develop the current idea with the assistance of other partners.

In the event of a global doomsday, a collection of world musical works, the Global Music Vault, will also be created here.

To record huge amounts of music, Microsoft intends to use technology developed under the Project Silica initiative, the company begins test recordings on quartz plates.

According to a press release posted on the project’s website, although magnetic film is still considered the preferred medium for archiving information, it is not as reliable as quartz media.

It is emphasized that such plates can be baked, boiled, scratched, polluted, exposed to electromagnetic radiation and other factors without losing the information recorded on the glass.

In addition, the location in Norway is considered one of the safest on the planet due to the geological features and moderate geopolitical activity of the country itself.

The size of each quartz plate is 75 × 75 mm, the thickness is 2 mm. It can store up to 100 GB. Data is added using lasers that form a three-dimensional mini-relief in the plate.

To obtain information, it is necessary to use polarized light, and a machine algorithm will help decipher the signal. According to the organizers of the project, the data can be stored for “many thousands of years.”

In particular, in 2019, Microsoft has already successfully encoded and decoded the original Warner Brothers version of Superman.

According to the Global Music Vault, music from all over the world will be added to the vault, from the UK to Sweden, Africa and New Zealand.

As a result, the organizers intend to add tens of petabytes annually. The first “contribution” to the repository is expected to be made in 2023. More information is published on the project website.


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