The products that GE plans to sell based on the technology -- starting in 2012 -- will work in devices similar to current disc readers, allowing buyers to still access and play their old albums, movies, and other media. Crucially, at least from a cost perspective, GE says the new discs will also be manufactured using the same molded plastic technique that's currently used for making discs.
Data storage isn't the problem any more for home users, data MANAGEMENT is.
Most home users use their disk drives like closets, simply shoving in more files wherever they may fit. After a few years, you can wind up with stacks of disks and no clue what is on them or where to find things.
New intelligent tools are needed for sorting and categorizing and indexing the inevitable accumulation of files that accompanies increased data storage.
I also hope that the promise of a 100 year life-span is accurate. We heard the same promises when CD-ROM was introduced, then value-engineering resulted in disks that erased themselves after only a few years.