Talk:DNA digital data storage

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Information density[edit]

I have definitely seen a chart in a peer-reviewed paper, showing that DNA computers will have even higher information densities than quantum computers. This means that for most applications (perhaps not all applications, but most) they will make quantum computing a moot point. The fact that DNA computers will still have classical bits rather than QBits is also an advantage in itself, since one needn't relearn how to program from scratch. At any rate, I am trying to track down that chart again. The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 06:03, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

It sounds like you could create a new article about this if you have the inclination to do so. Also, if you want to add a section in this article about DNA computers, I don't see a problem, as long as you provide a couple of reliable sources. ---- Steve Quinn (talk) 06:07, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
Well, there may be an article about this already. It's hard to say. See DNA computing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Steve Quinn (talkcontribs) 2 July 2013
Update: Here is the chart I was talking about in my original comment. Link: http://www.kurzweilai.net/how-to-store-a-book-in-dna. The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 06:23, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
Keep in mind that this is all very speculative. Information density is not the only important attribute of computation; DNA computing loses on speed, because of all the lab work that needs to be done to make the DNA and read it out. Quantum computing also the advantage that it can run certain algorithms that classical computers are not capable of. DNA computing does have advantages in that it can interact with the molecular and biological worlds, and it could open up lots of new applications there, but it is unlikely to render silicon or quantum computing moot. Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 01:20, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Antony. ---- Steve Quinn (talk) 05:53, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
For now, Antony, yes, but from what I've read it should be possible in principle to increase the speed of a DNA computer from the early experiments in DNA computing as we know them now. When we eventually figure out how to wire a molecule directly into microcircuitry and then allow interface with the microcircuitry to make changes in the molecule, that is. Quantum computing has some pretty serious disadvantages of its own (the much greater learning curve in programming for one, but a few other things too) enough that it will most likely never be useful for consumer devices (according to a friend of mine studying quantum computing at UC Berkeley). Security codes and passwords for confidential government or corporate materials, on the other hand; that is a place where quantum computing might have some serious uses. The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 22:51, 6 July 2013 (UTC)