Computers Are Now Able to Teach Each Other Pac-Man, The End is Near

Until now, humans have had one significant advantage over computers and robots: We meatbags were the only ones who could teach them how to function. Now, researchers at Washington State University have created computers that can teach other computers. And they're using Pac-Man to do it. Is nothing sacred? » 4/01/14 6:27pm 4/01/14 6:27pm

Brain-Buzzing Thinking Cap Can Make You Smarter or Dumber

People have been working on the concept of an electronic cap to supercharge your brain's learning ability for a while. But the one you see here, devised by a Vanderbilt team, has a funny (and potentially very abusable) trick: flip a switch, and it makes you more prone to mistakes and confusion. Don't show your… » 3/25/14 6:00pm 3/25/14 6:00pm

Google's Artificial Brain Loves to Watch Cat Videos

Hidden away within Google's X laboratory, where all kinds of secret projects are underway, its engineers have been working on creating an artificial brain. With 16,000 computer processors and freedom to learn whatever it chooses from the internet, though, it turns out that the brain does just what you do online: watch… » 6/26/12 3:43am 6/26/12 3:43am

Swipe Four for iPhone Is Like Boggle In Reverse

Games with words are fun because they're like learning, too, which is why it's A-OK that I just sunk 30 minutes into Swipe Four, a $1 iPhone game that challenges you to add letters to a grid, creating a new four letter word each time. It's easier if you just try it out for yourself on their website. [iTunes via Kottke] » 3/09/11 2:20pm 3/09/11 2:20pm