What good is a single atom these days?
Well, aside from being essential for, I dunno, most everything, you can now store data on one. That is right, store data on a single atom. But how did researchers achieve that?
In IT Blogwatch, we jump on the miniaturization bandwagon.
What is going on? Mike Wehner has some background:
IBM…announced…that it…successfully managed to store data on a single atom,…an achievement that could potentially change the way storage devices are developed in the future…modern hard drives utilize roughly 100,000 atoms to store a single bit, so shrinking things down to the size of just one atom is obviously a massive achievement.
Remind us what a bit of data exactly is again? Michael Irving has that info: