The British trip hop band Massive attack has recently embraced the future. They have translated their album Mezzanine into an unusual format on its 20th anniversary. Digital? Analogue? Vinyl? No, they translated the album into the oldest most powerful format, DNA. Researchers have copied millions of copies of Mezzanine into synthetic DNA. First they put the album in a binary format, then they translated the binary into amino acids. The artist Harley Davie then used that DNA in spray paint to draw this image.https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/1280×720/p072tx1d.jp
They say this format of storage can accommodate a vast amount of data, larger than any flash drive, or HDD. However, as of March 2019 translation of DNA to media takes around 19 hours. It seems DNA Flash drives or fleshdrives have a lot of work before they are commercially available.
An modern problem in our digital age is the sheer amount of data we need to store and keep track of, with this 2019 advancement, maybe the answer has been inside of us all along. What advancements will we come up with next? Living songs? Songs made out of people? Robot cats? We shall see… https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-47372219/massive-attack-album-stored-in-a-painting-using-dna.