Originally Published 2007-06-14 21:21:47
Talk about thinking outside the box. What kind of storage device would survive humanity itself?
Well, here's a hint. "E = mcÂ² 1905!" will be the binary-encoded message, and it will be read from the DNA of a genetically modified bacteria. According to the Discover Magazine article:
The beauty of DNA lies in its ubiquity: It is a universal code that we share with almost all living species. Ohashi is fond of the idea that intelligent beings yet to evolve could possibly retrieve the equation he has encoded into B. subtilisâ€™s DNA. â€œIf we, like the dinosaurs, are threatened with extinction, how can we leave a message to the future?â€ he asks. â€œUnfortunately, present methods using floppy disks and CDs are not common between the new intelligent organisms and humans, but DNA is common. If an extraterrestrial life is based on DNA, we have the possibility of communicating with them.â€
See the full article: Message in a Bacterium.