We could soon grow computers made of DNA
Our reliance on gadgets is creating an unprecedented amount of data. Humans produce a staggering 16 zettabytes every year, which equates to one billion terabytes (in case you were wondering). And last year research group IDC predicted that we’ll be creating more than 160 zettabytes per year by 2025.
Modern computers and silicon chips have served us well, but with all this data we’ll soon need more than they can offer. Faster. Bigger. Better. Researchers are looking for the next big thing, and one of the potential new materials is rather surprising: deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA for short.