IBM has shown off its technological prowess by producing the world’s “smallest movie” called A Boy and His Atoms that was created, as the name suggests, entirely from atoms.
IBM explained it had carried out the project to demonstrate the work it is doing at the atomic level to create a new form of memory technology.
“The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun,” it said.
“In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms.”
The film was magnified to one hundred million times its actually size and the tech giant even had the Guinness Book of Records verify the movie as the world’s smallest. Yet another feather in the cap of one of the industry’s most enduring and iconic brands.
IBM is also hoping the video will inspire children to show an interest in science. "If I can get a thousand kids to join science rather than go into law school, then I'd be super happy," said Andreas Heinrich, principle investigator at IBM Research.
More insight on the project and the wider implications of the technology in use can be watched here in another IBM video:
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