Our technology has been developing at a rapid pace over the past few decades, and new research suggests that we may soon enter a new era of technological innovation with further advances thanks to incredibly affordable plastic processors.

So affordable, in fact, that these processors are estimated to be mass-produced for less than a penny. As reported by IEEE spectrum (opens in new tab), a team made up of researchers at the University of Illinois designed 4-bit and 8-bit processors and saw an eighty-one percent success rate for 4-bit models. Team leader and University of Illinois professor Rakesh Kumar says this percentage finally makes the technology viable.