IBM makes movie moving atoms

IBM recently made a stop-motion cartoon using a scanning tunneling microscope to move individual atoms, according to Harry McCracken. It’s pretty mind-blowing.

IBM’s end-goal with its research is to dramatically increase the storage capacity of computing devices by creating transistors that are only a few atoms in length, but this is a fun and cool way to show how good they’re getting at moving individual atoms around.

“If I can do this by making a movie and I can get a thousand kids to join science rather than go into law school, I’d be super happy,” said IBM researcher Andreas Heinrich.

  • One of many

    Awesome. I was in one of the many divisions IBM sold off, it’d be nice if I could still work there.

  • I admire the research IBM conducts. A great part of what remains of its original culture.

    But it’d be nice if IBM could have outsourced less of their workforce over the past few years. Just in case they were hoping to have, say, a middle-class tax base still around to fund public schools with.