A Truly Smarter Computer

Stylish toking, coffee with Louis C.K., neuromorphic computer chips and more in our weekly look at the web

As it stands, 2014 may become the year for one of computing technology’s greatest feats: Computer chips that learn from their mistakes. The new brain-like commercial chips offer the greatest advancement in areas of robotics, navigation, speech and facial recognition—all programming challenges that rely mainly on extensive human programming. While traditionally built with confined functions and clearly defined parameters, the new “neuromorphic processors” will call more on biological computing principles allowing them to learn from weighted experiences rather than pre-determined programming.