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Preventing Counterfeiting with AI and Optical Scanning Preventing Counterfeiting with AI and Optical Scanning

Preventing Counterfeiting with AI and Optical Scanning

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How is it possible to tell whether than shiny object you're being shown by that extra-nice salesman is as precious a diamond as you're being sold?

One way might be to apply some new-fangled technology to what has hitherto been a studied, somewhat subjective art.

IBM recently introduced IBM Crypto Anchor Verifier, a technology that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with optical imaging to ascertain the authenticity and identity of objects. The company also announced that it would start implementing the new tech in conjunction with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to help the organization grade and evaluate diamonds.

According to the IBM Research blog, substances and objects that we use, buy, and eat every day all possess unique optical patterns, in some cases not able to be detected by the human eye, that make each one different from all the rest. These patterns are such that an organic ear of corn can be distinguished from a genetically modified one. And differences in patterns can also account for different grades of pricey stones.

All of these optical details can be calibrated by using light spectrometers, but those tend to be both expensive and bulky -- not exactly ideal for toting to the local jewelry store. But IBM has developed an optical analyzer small enough to be used with a smartphone's camera.

The beauty of IBM's new technology is that, when combined with the powers of a smartphone, a substance or object can be scanned to determine its optical pattern. And the tech is ideal for using in conjunction with a blockchain, a sort of digital ledger that records transactions in a network to create a record of value.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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