Talent Redefines What Is Possible

The proliferation of data [a.k.a. Big Data] has created an urgent demand for bigger storage on smaller devices. IBM Research announced recently that it has developed the capability to store a single bit of data in just 12 atoms. The previous minimum storage space for a data bit? 1,000,000 atoms.

Remember Moore’s Law?

The implications are astounding

According to project leader Dr. Andreas Heinrich, the storage capacity implications could mean you could have EVERY movie EVER produced on your iPhone. See quote on Wikipedia.

12 atoms?

To help us non-nanotech Ph.D.s get our heads around this the IBM Almaden Research Center together with its advertising partner Ogilvy and Mather produced the world’s smallest movie, aptly named “A Boy and His Atom“.

Keep in mind as you watch that to see an atom it must be magnified more than 100 million times.



The talent assembled to make this happen and expand this technology initiative includes over 500 researchers, more than half of whom have Ph.D.s., and include the highest level of science and technology talent in the IBM system. The location of the Almaden Center itself was chosen in part due to its proximity to the talent and facilities at Stanford and Berkeley.