IBM uses atoms to create the world's smallest-scale movie

Video: 'A Boy and His Atom' showcases how Big Blue is able to manipulate atoms in its pursuit of new storage technologies

According to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Moore's Law only has about 10 years left before it runs into the limitations of the laws of thermodynamics and quantum physics. IBM has seen the writing on that wall for a while and hence has been developing what it calls atomic-scale magnetic memory in an effort to squeeze yet more performance from the smallest spaces it can.

Atomic-scale magnetic memory involves manipulating individual atoms to serve as memory (IBM claims it takes a mere 12 atoms to store one bit of data). This video was created to show show off that atom manipulation. Each dot is a carbon monoxide atom, and the movie was filmed via stop-motion through a scanning tunneling microscope that magnified the images 100 million times.

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