A BOY AND HIS ATOM is a 2013 stop-motion animated short film released
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
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).
* 1 Synopsis
* 2 Creation
* 3 Reaction
* 4 Implications
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
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
Diagram of a carbon monoxide molecule
A Boy And His Atom was created by a team of
IBM scientists –
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Teeny Ted from Turnip Town , the "world's smallest book" which
requires an electron microscope to be read
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IBM Research. May 1, 2013. Retrieved
December 29, 2015.
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* ^ A B C D E "
IBM makes movie about a little boy _ a very little
boy _ by pushing molecules around".
Washington Post . Associated
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* ^ A B C Palmer, Jason (May 1, 2013). "Atoms star in world\'s
smallest movie". BBC. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
* ^ Moving Atoms, at