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In a development with important implications for research and education, IBM Corp. announced Aug. 18 that it has built two prototype computer chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that power today’s PCs and supercomputers.

Computers, like humans, can learn. But when Google tries to fill in your search box based only on a few keystrokes, or your iPhone predicts words as you type a...

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