Workshop by: Raphael Kim, Larissa Pschetz, Conor Linehan, Chang Hee Lee, and Stefan Poslad
Continuing developments in DNA-based digital data storage systems promise us a sustainable, techno-utopian future; propositioning bio-digital solutions addressing the ever-increasing global data production, and inadequacies of conventional storage infrastructure to meet the demand. Distinct attributes of DNA make it an attractive archival medium. With its ability to retain high density of digital information cheaply, and to do so over multi-lifespans, DNA-based storage systems are seen as able to radically shape how we archive and use data, across wide-ranging applications. However, while the stakeholders continue to refine and race towards commercialization of the emerging technology, its sociocultural and ethical implications remain unexplored, limiting opportunities to generate insights on how such systems could be better designed and experienced. This workshop begins to explore what our DNA-mediated archival futures may hold. We learn about the fundamental principles governing the new technology and create stories about its pervasion in our lives, mediated through design fiction and structured discourse.
Our goal for running of the workshop is two-fold. By the end of
the workshop, we hope that the participants would have gained the
following: First, a better understanding and awareness of the technological landscape of DNA-based data storage systems; on their components, mechanisms, importance, trends, and key players, as
well as potential and limitations. And second, an experience to think about the future of the emerging technology, through informed speculations, story building, object making, and discussions.
Below is our provisional timeline of the workshop. The duration of
each activity is an estimate and are subject to change according to
cohort size and conference scheduling. Essentially, the session is
divided into four parts, which are shown in the timeline below. A
suggested allocation within the day would be to undertake parts
I, II, and III in the morning, followed by a lunch break (1 hr), and
concluded with part IV in the afternoon.
Part I: Introduction 10 min
Part II: Technology Landscaping 80 min
- Keynote Presentation 45 min
- Q&A and Discussion 25 min
- Break 10min
Part III: Story Building 90 min
(Lunch) Break 60 min
Part IV: Story Showcase/Discussion/Debrief 60 min
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Participants are invited to submit a short position paper (1-2 pages
long, including references), briefly describing their research area
and/or interest, and motivations for attendance. Position papers
should be in double-column, using ACM Conference Proceedings
"Master" Template, sent to Raphael Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org). At
least one author of each paper must attend the workshop.