Micro computers have various benefits including their ability to be embedded into product packaging to monitor supply chains as well as their medical use whereby they can enter the human body and collect information regarding a patients health. As with all technology the downfalls revolve around who has access to it. If a miniature computer ends up in the hands of criminals and hackers, its microscopic nature could benefit the trade of illicit goods rather than prevent it. As technology continues to decrease in size, it becomes more challenging to monitor its use, as by its very nature it is easy to conceal. It is extremely important to understand the risks as well as the benefits of shrinking technology.
There is a competitive side to the development of microscopic computers as there is with any instance of ambitious companies fighting for the title of “the world’s greatest..”, “the world’s first..” and now “the world’s smallest..”. For example, in 2015 the Michigan Micro Mote was created by University of Michigan faculty members David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, David Wentzloff, Prabal Dutta and several tech-savvy graduate students working at their own start ups. The Michigan Micro Mote (also known as M3) measured 2mm across and contained a processor, system memory, solar cells to power the battery, temperature sensors, a base station, and wireless transmitters. Once the scientists at the University of Michigan heard that IBM had announced an even smaller device, their focus switched to reclaiming the title of “the world’s smallest computer”. They went on to release a new device a tenth of the size of IBM’s 1mm x 1mm computer.
Understandably, if someone came across this invention and had prior knowledge of IBM’s “smallest computer” they might assume that scientists behind M3 just wanted to overthrow IBM and reclaim the “smallest computer” crown

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