Suppose you could fit all of the films that have ever been created into a single test tube. The idea is reminiscent of science fiction, but it actually provides a glimpse into the future of data storage. We are now confronted with an overwhelming amount of digital material, which includes anything from videos of cats to photographs of babies, tweets, Google Docs and far more. 

The size of our digital footprint is increasing at an exponential rate, beyond our capacity to store it on conventional hard drives. Despite its limits in terms of longevity and space efficiency, magnetic tape, which is evocative of VHS and cassette tapes, continues to maintain a significant portion of our digital archives...

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