The world’s smallest computer debuted at IBM’s business and technology conference IBM Think 2018. While the world’s tiniest phone was impressive, these tiny computers could have the extraordinary ability to use blockchain to fight counterfeit goods.
According to Mashable, each tiny computer houses several thousand transistors and has the computing power of an x86 chip from 1990. While it’s not a computing powerhouse in itself, it will power IBM’s blockchain project design to fight all kinds of counterfeit goods.
As the company itself emphasized in the video above, it could be embedded in any object you can think of, serving as a crypto-anchor to offer transparency into supply chains. Each one costs IBM just 10 cents to manufacture, so they have the potential to be non-intrusive, widely adopted, and cheap.
“These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects and provenance of luxury goods,” said IBM.
Clocking in at one square millimeter and comparable in size to grains of salt, it is truly impressive what these tiny computers have the potential to do.