Microsoft’s Project Silica: Glass Plates Store Data for Millennia

Microsoft Research is developing a storage method called “Project Silica,” which stores data on glass plates using three-dimensional pixels called voxels. These saucer-sized glass plates can potentially store data for thousands of years without degradation. Unlike traditional magnetic storage methods, which require data to be recopied frequently, glass storage offers greater longevity.

The goal is to store large amounts of data on small glass discs, with the potential to hold several terabytes, around 1.75 million songs, without the ability to change the data once written. This approach could revolutionize long-term data storage for future generations.