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Computational Tinkering
The impact of computational thinking on our view of the world
Curated by Susan Einhorn
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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience | Computational Tinkering |

Computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes, a development that is about to turn the digital world on its head.


The new computing approach, already in use by some large technology companies, is based on the biological nervous system, specifically on how neurons react to stimuli and connect with other neurons to interpret information. It allows computers to absorb new information while carrying out a task, and adjust what they do based on the changing signals.

“Instead of bringing data to computation as we do today, we can now bring computation to data,” said Dharmendra Modha, an I.B.M. computer scientist who leads the company’s cognitive computing research effort. “Sensors become the computer, and it opens up a new way to use computer chips that can be everywhere.”

Via Szabolcs Kósa
VendorFit's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:27 PM

Artificial intelligence is the holy grail of technological achievment, creating an entity that can learn from its own mistakes and can (independently of programmer intervention) develop new routines and programs.  The New York Times claims that the first ever "learning" computer chip is to be released in 2014, an innovation that has profound consequences for the tech market.  When these devices become cheaper, this should allow for robotics and device manufacture that incorporates more detailed sensory input and can parse real objects, like faces, from background noise. 

Laura E. Mirian, PhD's curator insight, January 10, 2014 1:16 PM

The Singularity is not far away

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Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation | Computational Tinkering |

Google seems to have its hand in virtually everything, from ocean mapping to home energy monitors. Now it tackles deforestation.

Via Anne Caspari
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