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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

• New York Times
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 first commercial version of the new kind of computer chip is scheduled to be released in 2014. Not only can it automate tasks that now require painstaking programming — for example, moving a robot’s arm smoothly and efficiently — but it can also sidestep and even tolerate errors, potentially making the term “computer crash” obsolete....

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Comment by Ed Price
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Remember DOS? DOS is the computer language on which Windows rides. It is a language that upholds the basics of most PCs that people have in their homes today.

DOS is a very good, but backward computer language. It is the language of the handheld scanning devices - Telzons and Geminis - that are used in many major department and grocery stores for organizing inventory. Aspects of it are behind cash register/inventory coordination, including bar code scanning.

The point? Because of the tremendous number and variety of products available these days, the system is collapsing simply because DOS doesn't include a method for the computer to learn from "human being created anomalies" in inventory operations - mistakes, theft, damage, backlogs, overstock, etc. Something like a computer program that could learn would be a great boon to massive inventory movements.

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