Catalog, founded in 2016, intends to use DNA for data storage and eventually for computation. It said the money would be used to develop a computing platform where both data management and computation occur through the manipulation of synthetic DNA.
Expected areas of early application are artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, and secure computing. In addition, initial use cases are expected to include fraud detection in financial services, image processing for defect discovery in manufacturing, and digital signal processing in the energy sector.
Catalog’s first DNA writer, Shannon, was named in honor of the father of information theory, Claude Shannon. It is capable of hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions per second.
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