New Memory Chips Emulate Human Brain; Browsing the Ad-Blocked Web

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - DRAM memory chips are pictured in Taiwan. (Reuters)

FILE – DRAM memory chips are pictured in Taiwan. (Reuters)

Memory That Learns Could Help Tomorrow’s Intelligent Computers

Researchers at New Mexico-based start-up Knowm are working on a new generation of computer chips that can emulate more closely the way the human brain works. While existing chips can store a lot of information, the new breed, called memristors, can help artificial intelligence systems understand it and could potentially aid in identifying diseases or parse trends to make predictions.

The Real Cost of Unused Software Will Shock You

A new study from 1E found that billions of dollars are wasted each year on unused software. Looking at 1,800 software titles installed on 3.6 million desktops in 129 U.S. companies, the study tallied up the cost to $259 per desktop, or up to $30 billion annually of wasted money.

JavaScript’s Creator Is Building a Browser for the Ad-Blocked Future

A new web browser is born, courtesy of Brendan Eich, creator of the JavaScript programming language and former CEO of Mozilla. The browser, coming out of Eich’s startup, Brave Software, is still in early access. It promises to block intrusive ads while still making money for publishers. This comes as the advertising industry essentially barred AdBlock’s parent company Eyeo from participating in talks about reforming online ads.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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