Will we ever see this high capacity storage?

The New York Times reports that General Electric has created a digital storage system using holograms that would put the equivalent of 100 DVDs on one disc.

The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday  [article from April 28, 2009], is just a laboratory success at this stage. The new technology must be made to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices.

But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific and consumer markets.

“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.

This is pretty exciting news, and I really hope that they can bring this to market.  Of course, my worry is that the RIAA and MPAA will try to stifle innovation to protect their industries, while denying or limiting consumers ability to have bigger and cheaper storage options .  You have to wonder about those defenders of the free market, what do they think about how intellectual property laws make the market a little less free. 

-Josh

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