March 19 – IBM’s “Think” Conference is set to present a variety of technological marvels developed during the past years. From Cloud, IT, and IoT Solutions to Data Science, Analytics, and AI, IBM has a huge content catalog for this year’s signature event of the industrial titan.
One of the most significant and controversial participants is IBM’s new nano-computer, entitled as the “world’s smallest computer” – being literally smaller than a grain of salt.
The computer will cost less than $0,10 to manufacture, and will also pack “several hundred thousand transistors,” according to the company. These will allow it to “monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data.”
Specifically, this computer will be a data source for blockchain applications. It’s intended to help track the shipment of goods and detect theft, fraud, and non-compliance. It can also do basic AI tasks, such as sorting the data it’s given.
IBM’s blockchain platform is one of the most successful in the business world used by firms like Walmart to ensure the quality of their products using distributed ledger technology.
Similar blockchain-based platforms like the Chinese Walton-chain are already working on RFID chips that will be later implemented in physical goods, but in opposition to Walton-chain, IBM doesn’t rely on cryptocurrency-based models.
“Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors — such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt — will be embedded in everyday objects and devices”, says IBM head of research Arvind Krishna.
Technological advancement led modern societies to achieve a state where previously considered as “sci-fi” concepts are now not only available but they are our only option into the evolution of mankind as we know it.
The release date for the tiny computer is yet unknown as the company’s researchers are still testing the prototypes.
Learn more about IBM’s annual event here.