DNA contains the information that defines life — but it can also be used to store digital content, too. Now, Microsoft has announced that it’s seriously investigating the technique as a means of storing data, paying a bioscience company to create ten million strands of digital storage DNA.
Data centres are boring. They have to be; these are spaces of control, consistency, security. You wouldn’t expect to find much creativity inside the plain facades of these highly-regulated structures — much less hacked-together experiments involving robotic Blu-ray storage systems and thousands of Mac Minis.