Researchers at Yale and the University of Texas used a neural network -- a computer brain -- to test out medical theories of what causes schizophrenia. The result was a computer brain that can't tell the difference between stories about itself and fanciful stories about gangsters, and claims responsibility for terrorist acts.
Google's demo this week, and promise to start shipping new Chromebook computers within weeks, has the potential to unleash cloud computing -- especially in the workplace. That raises the prospect of huge cost savings to companies, and possible data security gains. It also raises some worries about trusting so much data to one company.