Sir, bad news, your backups have mutated into evil robots…


Clearly, I think this DNA storage thing is made of awesome. TLDR – researchers are starting to write “bitstreams” to DNA which has a theoretical max capacity of “All the world’s data” in about 3 grams of single-strange DNA. I also think that Google is going to be the one that takes this technology and runs with it, but there’s a darker side…

When I told my wife about this yesterday, her first reaction was, “You know this is *exactly* how we mistakenly create a half-human army of evil robots”. And, she may have a point, when I eventually archive my photo library to DNA storage in 2018 I will be juggling with the ingredients of life, but it’s a big step from that sequence to a sequence for an organism. Although, if we can do this, it’ll be interesting to see what (bio-)hackers of the future come up with.

Man, is this industry calling out to be regulated by an overzealous Congress yesterday or what?

Also the other thing Dr. Church talks about is Synthetic Biology. In other words, eventually getting to the point where you can write a bitstream for a real organism (oversimplification I know). That’s *exactly* the sort of stuff that will make all the neo-vegan organic maniacs in my life go crazy about Science overstepping its bounds. But, I say, bring on the evil robots, I like Science.