Our Technologies



Nanofiche is a breakthrough new analog archival preservation technology, designed to replace film-based microfiche. Nanofiche stores orders of magnitude more content in the same space as microfiche, is impervious to temperature and humidity, and never decays or has to be replaced. Each letter is the size of a bacillus bacterium, and can be read with a 1000X optical microscope. At 600 dpi, 150,000 photos or pages of text can fit on a single 8.5”x11” sheet of Nanofiche, making it by far, the highest density analog storage media in the world today.



Sometimes referred to as “Superman memory,” 5D optical memory is an experimental new digital archival medium in which data is encoded at nanoscale as layers inside quartz silica glass, using a femtosecond laser. 5D memory has a theoretical capacity of hundreds of Terabytes per disc and is durable for up to 14 billion years. Today this technology is still in early R&D, but may displace all forms of digital optical storage within 20 years.


Molecular storage in synthetic dna

Molecular storage in synthetic DNA molecules is an experimental direction for the storage and replication of extremely large datasets. Petabytes of data can potentially be stored in small volumes of DNA and inexpensively replicated. The Arch Mission Foundation is partnered with universities, major corporations, and startups that are working on different approaches to storing data in DNA.


Artificial Amber

Nature has used amber formed from tree resins to preserve biological samples for hundreds of millions of years on Earth. Various forms of synthetic resin are used by entomologists and botanists to preserve biological samples today. The Arch Mission Foundation is researching the use of synthetic resins as artificial amber for the long-term preservation and recovery of DNA, cells and organisms. As part of this project we are also exploring how to encapsulate biological materials for long-term durability in the space environment, and how to recover specimens from encapsulations for later use.


The Archpedia™

The Archpedia is a technology to teach the meaning of the concepts of present-day human civilizations, in a manner that crosses languages, cultures, and perhaps even species. To accomplish this we are developing a next-evolution open online visual dictionary and encyclopedia that conveys the meanings of nouns, verbs, and expressions with sets of corresponding images, videos, sounds, and other sensory referent data. As well as possibly helping to explain the meanings of our words to future intelligent life on Earth, or even aliens someday, there are nearer-term applications in education, and perhaps even to making AIs smarter and better able to understand humans.


The Civilization Box™

The Civilization Box project seeks to develop a “Ten-Thousand year Toolbox.” This project is designing and testing ultra-long durability containers that can preserve tools and technologies necessary to access knowledge, along with the knowledge itself. The goal is to learn how to preserve carbon-based devices such as computers, power supplies, analog and digital Nanofiche readers, and other tools for as long as possible - potentially for ten thousands of years or longer. In order to do this we need to prevent or delay the gradual and inevitable deterioration of all carbon-based machines, such as oxidation, radiation, decay, and damage from the elements. Civilization boxes are being designed and tested for a variety of different environments including deep underground caves and underwater locations, as well for locations in space.