Data Storage

This Data Chip Self-Destructs

What happens when personal data gets into the wrong hands? What if you simply no longer need the information? Taking security and environmental impact into account for today's wired world has led to some amazing innovations. DARPA, or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, together with XEROX's PARC facility have developed the first self-destructing chip. This chip allows for any information stored on it to be destroyed by essentially turning itself into dust, even from a remote distance. The chip involves building electronics onto glass that has gone through a specific chemical-tempering process. This process makes the glass very resilient and, at the same time, very fragile.

Written by Curiosity Staff May 3, 2016

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