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Storing your data in DNA, with James Banal

August 11, 2020 James Banal, Jonathan Miller, and Forrest Meyen Season 1 Episode 1
Tough Tech Today with Meyen and Miller
Storing your data in DNA, with James Banal
Chapters
2:16
Entering Mark Bathe's Lab
3:50
Compressing a datacenter into a sugar cube
6:15
Writing DNA data
8:17
Archiving data for decades
9:49
How data is stored and accessed with DNA
14:22
An advantage: High replication
15:28
Working on ‘super hard’ problems
16:30
Commercializing DNA storage
18:06
Evolving a PhD research statement
19:51
Ten-Year-Old James: “You’re crazy!”
20:45
Counting cells for Mom and Dad
23:26
On failure, quitting, and the low points
27:22
Abraham Lincoln and being skeptical of a positive signal
31:08
Applying machine learning to DNA datasets
33:35
Who may buy this
34:45
‘Datageddon’ and the post-silicon world
39:44
Storing the world’s annual data in a cubic meter
42:17
When will we see DNA computing deployed?
45:25
Taking a snapshot of all species in the world
46:33
ELI5: Never have to delete anything again
49:12
The ‘Frozen Zoo’, ‘Frozen Ark’, and Australian wildfires
53:59
Final points
Tough Tech Today with Meyen and Miller
Storing your data in DNA, with James Banal
Aug 11, 2020 Season 1 Episode 1
James Banal, Jonathan Miller, and Forrest Meyen

The building blocks of life, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), can be used for computational advantage, posits Dr. James Banal, postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Biological Engineering, in the Bathe Lab. 

“I work on the wackiest things in computing and storage right now, which is quantum computing and DNA data storage,” says James.

From ultra-dense, ultra-long storage of digital data (think: storing exabytes for fifty years) to building a 'frozen zoo' or 'species time capsule' to preserve living components of our planet in case of catastrophe, DNA storage and computing leverages the life within all of us to improve not only our lives, but those who will inherit our future Earth.

Show Notes


Topic Timecodes

02:16 Entering Mark Bathe’s Lab

03:50 Compressing a datacenter into a sugar cube

06:15 Writing DNA data

08:17 Archiving data for decades

09:49 How data is stored and accessed with DNA

14:22 An advantage: High replication

15:28 Working on ‘super hard’ problems

16:30 Commercializing DNA storage

18:06 Evolving a PhD research statement

19:51 Ten-Year-Old James: “You’re crazy!”

20:45 Counting cells for Mom and Dad

23:26 On failure, quitting, and the low points 

27:22 Abraham Lincoln and being skeptical of a positive signal

31:08 Applying machine learning to DNA datasets

33:35 Who may buy this

34:45 ‘Datageddon’ and the post-silicon world

39:44 Storing the world’s annual data in a cubic meter

42:17 When will we see DNA computing deployed?

45:25 Taking a snapshot of all species in the world

46:33 ELI5: Never have to delete anything again

49:12 The ‘Frozen Zoo’, ‘Frozen Ark’, and Australian wildfires

53:59 Final points


Show Notes Chapter Markers

The building blocks of life, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), can be used for computational advantage, posits Dr. James Banal, postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Biological Engineering, in the Bathe Lab. 

“I work on the wackiest things in computing and storage right now, which is quantum computing and DNA data storage,” says James.

From ultra-dense, ultra-long storage of digital data (think: storing exabytes for fifty years) to building a 'frozen zoo' or 'species time capsule' to preserve living components of our planet in case of catastrophe, DNA storage and computing leverages the life within all of us to improve not only our lives, but those who will inherit our future Earth.

Show Notes


Topic Timecodes

02:16 Entering Mark Bathe’s Lab

03:50 Compressing a datacenter into a sugar cube

06:15 Writing DNA data

08:17 Archiving data for decades

09:49 How data is stored and accessed with DNA

14:22 An advantage: High replication

15:28 Working on ‘super hard’ problems

16:30 Commercializing DNA storage

18:06 Evolving a PhD research statement

19:51 Ten-Year-Old James: “You’re crazy!”

20:45 Counting cells for Mom and Dad

23:26 On failure, quitting, and the low points 

27:22 Abraham Lincoln and being skeptical of a positive signal

31:08 Applying machine learning to DNA datasets

33:35 Who may buy this

34:45 ‘Datageddon’ and the post-silicon world

39:44 Storing the world’s annual data in a cubic meter

42:17 When will we see DNA computing deployed?

45:25 Taking a snapshot of all species in the world

46:33 ELI5: Never have to delete anything again

49:12 The ‘Frozen Zoo’, ‘Frozen Ark’, and Australian wildfires

53:59 Final points


Entering Mark Bathe's Lab
Compressing a datacenter into a sugar cube
Writing DNA data
Archiving data for decades
How data is stored and accessed with DNA
An advantage: High replication
Working on ‘super hard’ problems
Commercializing DNA storage
Evolving a PhD research statement
Ten-Year-Old James: “You’re crazy!”
Counting cells for Mom and Dad
On failure, quitting, and the low points
Abraham Lincoln and being skeptical of a positive signal
Applying machine learning to DNA datasets
Who may buy this
‘Datageddon’ and the post-silicon world
Storing the world’s annual data in a cubic meter
When will we see DNA computing deployed?
Taking a snapshot of all species in the world
ELI5: Never have to delete anything again
The ‘Frozen Zoo’, ‘Frozen Ark’, and Australian wildfires
Final points