IBM Using AI and Blockchain Technology To Develop a “Super Lens”

IBM Introduces Crypto Anchor Verifier

IBM intends to hire 1,800 new employees in France to work specifically on artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and blockchain related projects. The American multinational tech giant has also released a new product: crypto anchor verifier. Reportedly, it’s a lens that is able to not only “see” animal cells, but also identify their individual differences. Also, objects not visible to the human eye can be “seen” by the crypto anchor verifier – even objects the size of a micron. 

According to a post on Forbes, the crypto anchor verifier appears to be quite a useful invention as it is able to detect “imperfections” in diamonds which cannot be seen through human eyes. In addition, the verifier can tell you whether a drug is real or not and even distinguish between high quality and low quality beverages. So, how is all this possible?

How IBM’s Verifier Works

All you have to do is download proprietary software developed by IBM from their official website onto your smartphone. Then, there’s a customized lens which can be attached to a smartphone camera. Apparently, this lens along with IBM’s software is supposed to be able to do all what’s stated above. Alright, so now where should all the data related to the crypto anchor verifier be stored? 

IBM fellow Donna Dillenberger thinks the data should be stored on a blockchain. But, why a blockchain? Why not use just a simple database to store the data? In order to understand why Donna proposes using blockchain, let’s go into a bit more detail about what IBM’s new AI-enabled lens actually does.

Capturing the Finest Details

The lens of IBM’s crypto anchor verifier is able to “see” things the size of only one-millionth of a meter. Perhaps what appears to be even more impressive is that the verifier is able to produce large amounts of data based on an object’s shape, viscosity, spectral value, and saturation value. This data is then used by IBM’s software to determine whether the object being examined is real or not, like in the case of diamonds mentioned earlier.

Donna explains that the crypto anchor verifier can be incorporated on multiple levels in a supply chain, while recording the related data on blockchain-based technologies. She then gives a few examples: 

“We as consumers buy things, and somethings we pay a premium to make sure this is really a particular gem grade or really an extra virgin olive oil or really a $1,000 bottle of wine. What we can do at the point the oil, gem or product is grown or developed, is record that and send it to a blockchain.”   

Companies Already Using IBM’s Verifier

At present, it appears that IBM has entered into a few NDAs with a number of companies who reportedly intend to use the product verifier. For instance, Donna says that there’s a company that makes passports for governments and wants to use the verifier to determine the authenticity of the documents they process. Also, Donna mentioned that there’s an alcohol bottling service that is considering using IBM’s verifier to satisfy its customers about the quality of its products.   

Notably, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is currently using IBM’s verifier and plans to use blockchain technology to store and process related data. Tom Moses, a researcher from GIA, said that the product verifier will scan diamonds and process data related to the gem’s cut grade, clarity grade, color grade, and carat weight. Reportedly, this will give the institute a comprehensive set of data, capturing all the relevant details, which would then be used to verify the authenticity of the diamonds using IBM’s software. 

Based on these developments, it appears that artificial intelligence and blockchain technology are already being used together to create real-world products. 


Forbes Article on IBM’s Crypto Anchor Verifier