Science & Technology

Big Brother is Watching Your Electrons


CCTV cameras proliferate. The surveillance state grows. And now, they're even taking picture of our electrons. Big Brother is relentless. When will it end?! 

The first photo of an atom, including a couple of different electron cloud poses for the camera:

What we need is an army of Little Brothers (Nano Brothers?) to fight back and protect sub-atomic privacy. Let's buy a bunch of tiny, tiny Flip cams and give them to the electrons! We should probably also rig up the equivalent of police dashboard cams on field-emission electron microscopes.

In the meantime, I'm pretty sure that atom is mooning us.

Science of electrons and the photography method here.

Lots of Reason on privacy here. Me on the upsides/inevitability of life in the surveillance state here