A Rice University computer science professor is touting a new computer chip based on a controversial idea – but one that could revolutionize the future of computing, reports the Houston Chronicle. Engineers have long lived by a simple, seemingly obvious rule when designing new computers: The machines have to deliver correct answers. If asked to compute 2+2, for example, a computer must answer 4. But what if computers didn't always have to answer correctly? Nearly a decade ago, Krishna Palem posed this heretical question. Today, it has led to a movement dubbed "probabilistic computing." And on Feb. 8, Palem--speaking at...

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