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Atomic-Level Data Storage and Switching Demonstrated

by Tris Hussey on September 3rd, 2007

 Yeah this isn’t going to pimp your work anytime soon, but just read this:

Potentially, atomic-level storage or switching could result in incredibly tiny computers. With atomic storage, you could fit a 1,000 trillion bits of information in an iPod, according to IBM estimates. (Editors’ note: This article originally had an incorrect figure for the number of bits-we were off by several zeros. The correct number is indeed 1,000 trillion.) Source: Can data be stored on single atoms? | Tech news blog - CNET News.com

Yeah that’s a lot.  Is it impossible?  No.  Impractical?  Yes.  But remember so was electricity and computers at one point in time.  The first step is the dream, the second is showing it can be done.  Now we just have to work on really doing it.

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