It's smaller than a grain of salt, but it could soon help guarantee that the products you buy are the real deal and not a knockoff.
At IBM's Think 2018 conference, the company announced the creation of the world's smallest computer that despite its size and cost (each will be less than 10 cents to make) can "monitor, analyze, communicate and even act on data." Each computer can hold as many as one million transistors, while network communication is handled by LEDs and a solar cell provides power.
The computer is a cryptographic or trust anchor that can be embedded in objects and devices and, with the help of according to a blog post by IBM research chief Arvind Krishna., can ensure a product's authenticity from its origin straight to your hands,
"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 Krishna in the post.