Sewer Cloud – Post Cyberwar series
The insertion of data into DNA is developed, amongst other reasons, to solve the problem of data storage. One gram of DNA is capable of storing up to 700 terabytes of data.
The Sewer Cloud project explores how people could use a living, self-reproducing data network in London’s sewers. The network is based on the insertion and extraction of data into the algae species Anabaena bacteria. The chaotic movement and the self-reproduction of the algae, and therefore the data, offers a perfect environment for a data storage. It can withstand different climates and water conditions and is neither trackable nor controllable. Data insertion and extraction from algae would be a ‘grey area’ act — it would be legal to do so, but much of content one would find in this network is likely to be illegal. Data extraction and insertion would take place in corner shops.