In an effort to explore the limits of data storage, the people at IBM Research did what every single other person in the history of the world at work have done: they started fucking around on the job. The tangential result is this cute little short film A Boy and His Atom, in which they manipulated single atoms, magnified 100 million times, into an animated narrative. It’s a pretty stunning application of technology, sure, but there are a few glaring problems here. Are we supposed to believe that that atom can transform itself into a trampoline? Seems like a huge plot hole. If you’re going to build a rich fictional world, you have to at least abide by the rules you’ve set up internally. And where does the boy go in the end? He just disappears before we’ve even gotten a full sense of his characterization. Frankly the entire plot of this film is pretty thin.