Anicet Mbida 06:54, May 11, 2022

Every day, Anicet Mbida makes us discover an innovation that could well change the way we consume.

This Wednesday, he is interested in a new technique that could guarantee the storage of our data over time thanks to the diamond.

To save data, we know hard drives and memory cards.

A new medium is arousing more and more interest: it is the diamond.

What does it mean ?

What information is going to be stored in a gemstone?


We can keep his videos, his photos… his marriage contract directly in the diamond of his ring.

And above all, we will be sure that they will never be erased unlike USB keys, hard drives and other SD cards.

This is the problem with all current storage media: their material always ends up being damaged.

Even the CD-ROMs that were advertised as capable of lasting 200 years.

We realized that we had trouble reading them after only 30 years.

Well, researchers at New York University have succeeded in storing photos in one of the strongest materials in existence: diamonds.

This will give more guarantees in the preservation of archives.

It's going to be expensive and it will take very large diamonds to store a lot of information?

Not necessarily.

According to the researchers, a thin piece of paper and the size of half a grain of rice could store 100 times more information than a DVD.

So no !

There is no need to have huge diamonds.

Then they rely on synthetic diamonds which are cheaper.

They record information in their microscopic defects (in the famous inclusions).

However, the more impurities there are, the less the diamond has value.

But the more information they will be able to store.

So no !

It won't be as expensive as you think.

But isn't the trend rather to store everything online, in the “cloud”?

Yes, but even in the cloud, at the end of the chain, there are always hard drives and memories, with a limited lifespan that must be constantly renewed to be sure not to lose anything.

If we want to leave a time capsule for future generations, we need a digital medium that stands the test of time.

In this regard, the diamond is rather well placed, since it is eternal...