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Is it possible to store data in charged molecules? If so, how? If not, why not?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How long are you hoping to store it for? \$\endgroup\$ – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Sep 10 '13 at 5:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I took out your unrelated questions, but they are easy to answer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_memory \$\endgroup\$ – travisbartley Sep 10 '13 at 5:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams, I think he is talking about using it for long term storage; storing data literally in the cloud(s). \$\endgroup\$ – travisbartley Sep 10 '13 at 5:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hoping to store data for long term and storing the data in air around us (specifically not in clouds, everywhere around us). \$\endgroup\$ – Sam Gladio Sep 10 '13 at 5:21
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Store data as light. Light travels at approximately 1 foot per nanosecond. On the moon is a retro-reflector, basically a fancy mirror that reflects light back in almost exactly the same direction that it came from. Round trip to the moon and back is 2,522,784,000 feet. If you could send data at 1 Gbps then you could store 2,522,784,000 bits worth of information in the "air". That's about 300 megabytes.

Of course the other question is: is it at all practical? No. Not at all. Making the machine to do this is very difficult, and expensive, and it would "replace" a $5 Thumb Drive.

There have been similar machines, however, that used coils of fiber optics instead of sending a laser to the moon. While they were easier to make, they were much less useful.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Then the same would work for radio waves for certain frequency bands. \$\endgroup\$ – jippie Sep 10 '13 at 5:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jippie Yes, it would. Or sound waves, even. You could go super crazy and make a juggling machine and encode data based on the color of the balls that are in the air. :) \$\endgroup\$ – user3624 Sep 10 '13 at 5:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks @David Kessner. BUt its not about sending information. Its about storing information at one place in an atmosphere(stable) like a hub. The information is made available in the air not in a hardware. \$\endgroup\$ – Sam Gladio Sep 10 '13 at 5:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SamGladio Then the answer is no. You can't do that. \$\endgroup\$ – user3624 Sep 10 '13 at 5:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DavidKessner Why? What are the odds in implementing it? \$\endgroup\$ – Sam Gladio Sep 10 '13 at 5:24

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