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Is that a hard drive in your pants, or…?

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by thepleasurechest

Did you know that a single sperm has the same amount of data as a CD? It’s true! Quoting from “psychoceramist” Kentaro Mori’s definitive blog post on the topic:

Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

This is all well and good you say, but how much “data” do men, uh, “upload” during a typical ejaculation. Well, for that you’ll need to determine the “human penis data bandwidth.” (Duh). This can be calculated using the simple formula below:

(6.2 x 10^9 bits/sperm) x (100 x 10^6 sperm/ml) x (2.25 ml) / 5 seconds
=
1395 x 10^15 bits / 5 seconds
=
2.8 x 10^17 bits/sec

According to these calculations, Mori claims that the average dude data dump is an impressive 31 petabytes (not to be confused with these) per orgasm. Put another way:

That’s more than all data processed by Google every day; two times all the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider per year; thirty times all the users’ photos in Facebook – already roughly 10 billion photos.

And that’s based on a 5 second climax. If it’s been a long time since you defragged your libido, you may need to double these figures. Just think about that the next time you’re “updating your firmware.”

All this tech talk has us looking at our laptop with a lecherous eye, but society is still a long way off  from recognizing human/machine relations. So, while the lawyers and religious folks work out the ethics of robot love, it’s best to back up that hard drive, and keep your analog viruses to yourself. In the meantime, you can still make love to your iPod or get busy with your Wii.

Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

Now, as a side information, we are in fact diploid, having two of each autosome and two sex chromosomes. Meaning we have double that calculated value of data in our cells, which amounts to 1,44 Gigabytes. Each tiny one of your 100 trillion cells has double the data of a CD encoded in a tiny strand of DNA.

But back to the human penis data bandwidth.

The human sperm is indeed haploid – half the data that will be joined with the other half in the human egg –, which means that it does have around 740 Megabytes of raw genetic data as we calculated at first.

Which also means it’s a funny coincidence a single sperm has around the same amount of data as a single CD. Sperm data capacity is a reference far more interesting than Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, by the way.

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