The race is on to build fast, "intelligent" machines
In a large, sunny room on the 21st floor of a Tokyo skyscraper, Electronics Engineer Kazuhiro Fuchi, 47, has assembled a group of three dozen computer scientists who spend each workday in 1983 thinking
about 1993. Buttressed by a
$450 million commitment from the Japanese government, Fuchi and his colleagues hunch
over terminal screens and pore over mounds of studies for up to 16 hours each day. Their mission: to advance Japan one giant step in the world of computers, creating new ultrahigh-speed machines dedicated to...