Technologists could use a little error and surprise

Bruno Giussani links to the top 10 technology trends for 2008 as listed by MIT's Technology Review. Among the trends are a couple related to information processing that appear counterintuitive but fit within the human computing framework quite nicely - "modeling surprise" and "probabilistic chips." The latter seeks to introduce a little error into computing in exchange for a big reduction in power consumption. The list of all ten trends, including one called "reality mining," is here.