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Spores of ejected memory from cheap deep sea reasearch bricks (clever rocks).
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How about a research brick, with an internal power supply and an array of sensors, that can be tossed in an area of interest of the impenetrable ocean deep. This probe is designed to be a good rock shape for life to be stimulated by and grow on once probe is dead. Needed minerals by life could be embedded in outer casing. I suggest a rock as the outer shell, rather than any other engineered material, maybe with dowels of minerals.

The equipment could be set for a week, month or year and would release multitude of little floating memory snapshots of data in some sort of DIP on a board form. These would have a cheap embedded local location ping. A research ship would just have to wait down current and pick up at least one. Though, more for data verification. If the spores were identifiable enough, shore line beach combers could email data found to designated research organisations.

Spores to boldly sensor where no man has sensor-ed before .

wjt, Jan 11 2020


       Spores of data ejected from cheap deep sea research bricks.   

       A common problem in oceanic research is the expense of collecting data from the deepest waters. So I propose a "research brick": A device with an internal power supply and an array of sensors that can be tossed into an area of interest in the ocean. This device is shaped like the rocks in the area, and be layered with appropriate nutrients; hopefully this would encourage the local flora to grow on it. Actual rocks rich in necessary minerals may be best.   

       On an interval set by the user (for instance weeks or years) The device would release physical data storage devices, each containing the data collected thus far. Natural flotation and currents would spread these spores of data far and wide such that a downstream boat or perhaps a beachcomber could return the discovered data to the research institution.
Voice, Jan 11 2020

       To attract mobile organisms, an organic, biodegradable package of foodstuffs could be attached to the "brick" - we suggest a hessian bag full of kittens, securely attached by means of a length of hemp twine.
8th of 7, Jan 11 2020

       We consider kittens much more satisfactory; they are cheap, plentiful, and unfortunately not in any way endangered (as yet).
8th of 7, Jan 11 2020

       Thanks [Voice] for the translation. Nicely polished for wide spread manufacturing and sale. Though, you missed the dowels dissolving forming cavities for life.   

       I had a thought, if the brick has an mechanism where the life eats the release the spores then it could be pay per view.
wjt, Jan 11 2020

       Power source? We don't want to just go tossing lithium batteries into the ocean.
RayfordSteele, Jan 13 2020

       RTG. Then it can last many years. The warmth will attract organisms, as a bonus.
notexactly, Jan 15 2020

       Organic redux flow battery? More cavities for life to grow in, at end of life. The life of of the brick would ultimately be limited by the number and rate of Dataspore release.
wjt, Jan 17 2020


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