The art of film has changed radically over 150 years. Since the movie camera was created in the 1880s, filmmakers and inventors have been steadily pushing the limits of technology. Each of these 17 milestone moments set the bar for the next generation, and IBM recently achieved another milestone with the world’s smallest movie.
Just because you’ll need your glasses to see it doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. Here’s the best of the un-big, including the world’s smallest movie that IBM made by moving atoms.
Even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of atoms, all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can only be seen when you magnify it 100 million times.
Limits were meant to be pushed. From fires to extreme locations to mind-blowing scenery, there are many ways to push the boundaries when making a movie. And that’s exactly what IBM did when it moved atoms to make the world’s smallest movie.
Fancy special effects are just so… fake. There are many other creative ways to make a film, which is exactly why IBM used atoms to make the world’s smallest movie.
Why hasn’t someone invented smell-o-vision already? You might not be able to smell through your phone just yet, but in the future your phone will be able to smell you. IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts that within the next five years, computers will be able to smell you in order to determine whether you have various illnesses. Science!
What did we just see? If these images leave you scratching your head, there’s no need to fear, IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts that in five years computers will not only be able to look at images, but understand them.
And you thought vegetables were bad. We might not fully understand right now why people around the world eat everything on this list, but IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts that in five years, a computer system will know what you like to eat better than you do. A system that analyzes flavor will determine the precise chemical structure of food and why people like it.
Babies aren’t just all about their googoos and gagas. Babies as young as six months can understand a wide range of words, and IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts it won’t be long before technology will be able to translate what they’re saying in response. But in the mean time, here are some guesses as to what a few babies are trying to say.
In 5 years, computers will have a sense of smell.