IBM’s Brain Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

Dharmendra Modha WALKS me to the front of the room so I can see it up close. About the size of a bathroom medicine cabinet, it rests on a table against the wall, and thanks to the translucent plastic on the outside, I can see the computer chips and the circuit boards and the multi-colored […]


Microsoft has created an AI that can spot a joke … in a New Yorker cartoon

Such AIs could eventually help build better personal assistants and translations. Move over Watson. Microsoft has trained an artificial intelligence program that can pick through the thousands of submissions to the New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest to help find a winner. Bloomberg writes that Microsoft researchers worked with Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor at the […]


Obama’s New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer

President Obama has established a new initiative across multiple government agencies that will focus entirely on creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised. The National Strategic Computing Initiative will attempt to build the first ever exascale computer, which would be more than 30 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputer, according to an executive order issued Wednesday. […]