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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Molecule Matrix  
  Storing information in individual molecules and atoms.  

Maybe the ultimate information storage system?

"It is theoretically possible to have a matrix in which each individual molecule has a meaning - as they do in the memory cells of your brain. If we had such subtlety, we could wrap your Encyclopedia Britannica into the head of a pin - it would be the head of that pin..."
From Between Planets, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1951
Additional resources -

I remember seeing an early memory core at the University of Michigan (it's also an early memory for me - this was about 1965). It looked like tiny washers strung in columns and rows; it formed a cube.

This takes that "matrix" idea to it's logical endpoint - a matrix of atoms or molecules.

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  - IBM Stores Information On A Single Molecule
  - Single Atom Quantum Memory
  - IBM Now Stores 1 Bit On 12 Atoms
  - Functional Transistor Is One Atom
  - Storing 1 Zettabyte In 10 Grams
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