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‘Project Genesis’ @ Ars Electronica Center

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It was very fortunate of me to be able to take part in this exhibition, which is about how synthetical biology, which also focuses on the virtual life that is created in laboratory environment, can affect our future lives.

Our project is about saving digital data into DNA, which enables all of us to save our data for thousands of years, whereas the lifespan of a common harddisk drive is only couple of years. Also this allows us to carry our data at all times, since large stacks of information can be stored in a tablespoon full of DNA. Although the current drawback is cost, it is known that the first transistors were impractically expensive and this might point out that at a certain point in future, we might be able to use DNA as a new medium to save our data. All this process bases on the algorithm of George Church, a molecular biology professor at Harvard Medical School.

My part in this exhibition was to code this algorithm with a GUI in Processing environment and to create a bundle experience for visitors, to type in whatever they like and to print this data out in binary and DNA strings, printed onto a paper.

If you happen to visit the exhibition, please do consider to contribute to our DNA wall, which consists of strings of information that is printed by previous visitors, who sticked their information onto this wall. Collaborative memory!

Now it's time to chill and lean back for a while...

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