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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, by Hand
From ACM News

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, by Hand

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don't count on a good view.

For Sale: Your Private Browsing History
From ACM News

For Sale: Your Private Browsing History

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill...

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own
From ACM TechNews

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own

Dance Dance Convolution is a new system that takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs, and produces dance routines as an output.

A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines
From ACM TechNews

A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines

Researchers have developed a method that could make it possible to produce some of the narrowest microchip wires ever.

Facial Recognition Software Helps Diagnose Rare Genetic Disease
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Facial Recognition Software Helps Diagnose Rare Genetic Disease

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute have used facial-recognition software to diagnose a rare genetic disease...

Stanford Researchers Adapt a DIY Robotics Kit to Give STEM Students Tools to Automate Biology Experiments
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Adapt a DIY Robotics Kit to Give STEM Students Tools to Automate Biology Experiments

Researchers have modified a commercially available do-it-yourself kit for building and programming robots capable of transferring exact amounts of fluids between...

This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years
From ACM News

This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper
From ACM TechNews

5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper

New Internet Engineering Task Force chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper lauds the organization as "a very special place because of the standards work it has done...

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?
From ACM News

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the 1980s, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary...

Who Owns Your Face?
From ACM News

Who Owns Your Face?

It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.

A Novel Hybrid UAV That May Change the Way People Operate Drones
From ACM TechNews

A Novel Hybrid UAV That May Change the Way People Operate Drones

U-Lion is a novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle that can take off and land vertically in the manner of a helicopter, yet cruise horizontally like an airplane. ...

New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure
From ACM TechNews

New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure

Researchers have developed a prototype gadget that transmits secret quantum keys to encrypt data sent from a mobile device to a payment terminal.

Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks
From ACM TechNews

Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks

Researchers have found a typical office scanner can be infiltrated and an organization's network compromised through it..

Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans
From ACM TechNews

Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans

Computers have for the first time trained themselves to cooperate in games in which the goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for all players.

Protecting Web Users' Privacy
From ACM TechNews

Protecting Web Users' Privacy

Splinter is a new encryption system that disguises users' database queries so they reveal no private information.

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
From ACM Careers

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
From ACM News

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
From ACM News

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?
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