July 8, 1990 |
In February, Nikkei Computer magazine rendered its verdict on one of the largest software development projects attempted in Japan, an automation project known as SIGMA. "The Failure of a National Project that Took Five Years and 25 Billion Yen," the headline blared. Software specialists have come to a similar conclusion about the Fifth Generation Project, the multimillion-dollar endeavor that was supposed to propel Japaninto world leadership in artificial intelligence.
January 13, 1986 |
He's 28 years old, but Terry Garnett says he feels closer to 50. In less than three years, he nurtured an idea into a computer program, then into a company and finally into an acquisition plum. Along the way, Garnett picked up a load of executive-level pressures and headaches. Garnett is one of those bright young entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley who seem to come along as regular as payday.
July 2, 1990 |
Tucked away in one of Tokyo's most fashionable neighborhoods, a house thinks, senses and acts on its own. It can tell when to snap on the lights by sensing your body heat. It knows when to open the windows, air-condition the room and water the plants. It will flush the toilet, flip on the faucet and air-dry your hands, all without human help. If the phone rings, it mutes the stereo.
April 4, 1989 |
In a San Francisco courthouse, three giants of the American computer industry are having it out over questions that, boiled down to their essentials, might be expressed as follows: Is a waste basket fundamentally different from a trash can? And if it is, does it matter?