Computers: Finishing First with the Fifth

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...

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