I’m guessing that 100% of Bloglin readers know who Superman is. But I would guess that a much smaller percentage knows that he flies to Antarctica to talk to his dead dad via simulations stored within crystals. But he does! It’s one of those facets of Superman’s life that doesn’t get brought up in popular culture very much. Think of his crystalline fortress of solitude as you would the Batcave, I suppose.
Comic-book lesson aside, crystal storage could be within reach, according to this University of Southampton article via Hacker News. Without going into too much detail, a bunch of researches figured out to write retrievable data to quartz glass crystals with lasers. Read that last sentence again simply because of how cool it sounds. The ’5D’ in the article’s title equate to size, orientation and the three dimensional position of the data.
These could be around the corner, or they could be years or even decades away from consumer availability, but how cool would it be to have a crystal harddrive with 360TB (yeah, terabytes) of samples, loops, and beats at your disposal. Just floating there in a glass cylinder while a laser writes your latest transcendental trenchwave banger after a successful render in Reason 43. I suppose you could even go the Superman route and talk to your dead relatives if you get bored enough. Imagine your s/o walking in on that, though.- CrimeZone20xx