Big Data to Bigger Data, Microprocessor to DNA – A Competition with God

Integrated Circuits (ICs) came into existence during the eighties, when there was a need to pack a large number of transistors, diodes, etc.  into a small chip. The 8085s, and 8086s of the world quickly evolved into different ICs, which became ubiquitous by their presence among a wide gamut of computers and customers. Miniaturization, and addition of more power in a chip has been on the rise since then, as the data needs have been constantly increasing.

The world of Big Data has set goals for the next level of chip evolution.  IC manufacturers have been quite aggressive, and competitive in miniaturization, and processing power.  This journey for chip makers, however, is likely to reach a dead end soon with silicon technologies reaching their limits. This is a potential risk for evolving technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, which would require humongous data, or a BIGGER DATA set than Big Data. So…what is the mitigation for this risk??

Scientists have found a solution for such limitation in God’s own creation – the DNA – the natural supercomputers that exist in millions in human bodies. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (i.e.  DNA), which comprises various genes, performs functions, and calculations much faster than the fastest supercomputers on this earth, as of today.

Microsoft, along with a team of researchers from academics recently used Biotechnology to store information of about 200 Megabytes along with a compressed video in a fraction of a liquid drop.  The binary code of 1s and 0s, used in silicon technology was deftly converted, and mapped to the four bases in DNA – Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine, and Guanine by this team.

DNA storage involves some of the latest technologies in security and data compression. This purports to develop a completely new humanoid like another human being, and therefore, can be used extensively while making chips. The units of coding DNA are very small – less than half a nanometer, whereas the modern day transistors are about 10 nanometer in size. Moreover, DNA can be packed in a three dimensional configuration unlike transistor chips, which are packed in a 2 dimensional mode. This results in high processing power for DNA of more than 1000 times over the Silicon chips.

Therefore, DNA would be of great use in storage technologies. We shall be using God’s own creation to derive unprecedented benefits in data based technologies http://writeforvalue.com/why-dave-the-salesman-hates-the-crm/in the near future, and potentially create humanoids more powerful than human beings.

Sudipta Choudhury
Sudipta Choudhury is a Technical / Business Writer with considerable industry experience in various domains. He can be reached at sudipta_choudhury@writeforvalue.com

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Sudipta Choudhury is a Technical / Business Writer with considerable industry experience in various domains. He can be reached at sudipta_choudhury@writeforvalue.com

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