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A BOY AND HIS ATOM is a 2013 stop-motion animated short film released on YouTube by IBM Research . The movie tells the story of a boy and a wayward atom who meet and become friends. It depicts a boy playing with an atom that takes various forms. One minute in length, it was made by moving carbon monoxide molecules viewed with a scanning tunneling microscope , a device that magnifies them 100 million times. These two-atom molecules were moved to create images, which were then saved as individual frames to make the film. The movie has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records
Guinness Book of World Records
as the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film.

The scientists at IBM Research – Almaden who made the film are moving atoms to explore the limits of data storage because, as data creation and consumption gets bigger, data storage needs to get smaller, all the way down to the atomic level. Traditional silicon transistor technology has become cheaper, denser and more efficient, but fundamental physical limitations suggest that scaling down is an unsustainable path to solving the growing Big Data dilemma. This team of scientists is particularly interested in starting on the smallest scale, single atoms, and building structures up from there. Using this method, IBM
IBM
announced it can now store a single bit of information in just 12 atoms (current technology takes roughly one million atoms to store a single bit).

CONTENTS

* 1 Synopsis * 2 Creation * 3 Reaction * 4 Implications * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

SYNOPSIS

At the beginning of the film, subtitles introduce the audience to how and why the film was made. When the action starts, we see a boy meeting an atom. Hesitant at first, he dances for it to the film's musical accompaniment, then bounces it around like a ball. The atom drops to the ground, and forms a trampoline, which the boy bounces on. The atom reforms, and the boy tosses it into the sky, flying past clouds and the word "Think ", a longtime internal IBM
IBM
motto.

CREATION

Diagram of a carbon monoxide molecule

A Boy And His Atom was created by a team of IBM
IBM
scientists – together with Ogilvy border:solid #aaa 1px">

* Nanotechnology portal

* Teeny Ted from Turnip Town , the "world's smallest book" which requires an electron microscope to be read

REFERENCES

* ^ A B "A Boy And His Atom". IBM
IBM
Research. May 1, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2015. * ^ A B C Mick, Jason (May 1, 2013). " IBM
IBM
Makes World\'s Smallest Movie Using Deadly Carbon Monoxide". Daily Tech. Retrieved May 1, 2013. * ^ Moving Atoms: Making the World\'s Smallest Movie (Digital video). IBM Research . Event occurs at 2:35–3:00. Retrieved May 4, 2013. * ^ A B C D E " IBM
IBM
makes movie about a little boy _ a very little boy _ by pushing molecules around". Washington Post
Washington Post
. Associated Press. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. * ^ A B C Palmer, Jason (May 1, 2013). "Atoms star in world\'s smallest movie". BBC. Retrieved May 1, 2013. * ^ Moving Atoms, at