IBM Atomic Shorts: The end of Moore’s law

See the world’s smallest movie at Do advancements in atomic storage mean the end of Moore’s law? In this Atomic Short, an IBM scientist talks about a whole new way to approach the shrinking of our storage devices. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at

50 thoughts on “IBM Atomic Shorts: The end of Moore’s law

  1. Very interesting approach of the Moore´s law, I like the idea of not going little by little to find the limit (top-down), just to start from the limit till it can work. Im really amazed, thanks for these kind of videos! Wish could work there!

  2. I don't think the atom is the smallest mankind will go. there are components that make up the atom…..we just don't have the technology to think about it.

  3. that taught never occured 😀 if they could move atoms then i say we can see quantum computers by 2029 

  4. When the man in the video said we are NEVER going to build smaller than an atom I had a vision of computers made from quarks that use quantum entanglement to compute faster than the speed of light.

  5. those computers themselves are larger than a single atom though, what they use for computations are smaller but you still have everything that goes with it

  6. Yes the computer would be bigger than an atom, but Moore's law applies to the size of transistors. The man in the video says we will never make transistors smaller then a single atom. This is a strong statement that most people believe, but people also said we would never split an atom. Today we know of particles so small they are the things that make up electrons. It is possible that we could use these tiny particles to compute outside of time itself. 

  7. I was trying to respond to some one else, but electrons, protons, and neutrons are actually made up of much smaller particles, just like an atom is 90% empty space electrons are 90% empty space, and so on and so on until are you are left with is the fabric of space-time itself. which is expanding at the speed of light. the faster you move the less time effects you. at the point where you reach the speed of light time, and distance stop. 

  8. I believe when this happens what you have done is caught up with space-time itself, and at that moment you leave the 4 dimension we interact with and enter alternate dimensions, where there is no distance or time. If we could control the most basic fundamental particles we could not only make transistors smaller then atoms, we could send computations to any point in space-time instantly.

  9. I'm pretty sure that in the current model, electrons are elementary particles, i.e. not made up of anything. They are part of what we call leptons, google it. And the speed of expansion of space-time is not the speed of light. It is actually much more complicated. Like the speed by which two points in space appear to be drifting apart is proportional to the distance between them. From earth, some points appear to be moving very slowly and other seem to go faster than the speed of light.

  10. Yep, only if we can found some ways to control the quarks and of course if you want to control something, you must be able to see it. It's just like the process how IBM can actually control the atom, first Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer invented a method to see the atoms then Don Eigler used STM to move them.

  11. Entanglement is probabilistic and cannot be used to send information faster than the speed of light.

  12. Quarks were the first thing that popped up in my mind too. But there is no telling if such a device could ever exist to make use of particles that small for logical operations.

  13. Don't you have the issue with quantum entanglement when you can't observe it or it changes it's state, which makes it quite difficult to use for computing or am I wrong?

  14. According to my calculations, at one bit per silicon-28 atom, the densest storage capacity we can possibly reach is approximately 6.25 Zettabytes per cubic centimeter.

  15. Quantum Computers are not meant to be smaller than an atom! Quantums cannot be used to store data! A read process will terminate the data, because you change the structure if you read it! Quantum mechanics can be used to transport data in an secure way between two points.

  16. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. -Arthur C. Clarke

  17. Right. It's doubtful we will be able to get past 5nm features sizes with conventional transistor gates, but we are far, far from any thermodynamic or information density limits. Moore's law describing silicon transistors will probably end in seven or eight years, but it's very likely we will be able to use tweaks and other bases for a few years after that to hold off until new methods of computation become more useful (optical, Quantum, etc.).

  18. Quarks are like electrons, they are components of an Atom. Building a 'computer out of quarks' would be the same as trying to make a human with only skin cells. You need a lot more parts to build a computer and essential building blocks to start with. Just as you need parts like a DNA extractor, test tubes, etc. to make a human in a lab.

  19. I guess I should have been more clear. I wasn't talking about building a whole computer out of quarks. I was talking about building a transistor smaller then a single atom that uses a quark to compute. although it probably can never work the way I have explained. that doesn't mean that its not possible to make a transistor that is smaller then an atom. check out the quantum D-wave computer NASA and Google just installed in there new joint facility. It uses Qubits to compute.

  20. Due to the uncertainty principle transistors will get to a minimum size. Quantum computers require special algorithms and can only compute spacial problems. Standard computer chips in your desktop, laptop, tablet, monitor, tv, car, etc will soon have a size problem.

  21. Quarks are not smaller than electrons. Mass is not the same thing as volume. For example, the Top Quark is the heaviest subatomic particle (more mass than an electron) because it has more energy. The uncertainty principle is the problem now.

  22. "We're never going to build things smaller than the single atom"
    … yeah just like we'll never be able to land on the moon.

  23. "We're never going to build things smaller than a single atom" – Andreas Heinrich

    "The less a man makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look foolish in retrospect" – Quentin Tarantino

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