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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

Study of Atmospheric 'Froth' May Help GPS Communications
From ACM News

Study of Atmospheric 'Froth' May Help GPS Communications

When you don't know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance...

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
From ACM Opinion

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

How Madden Ratings Are Made
From ACM Careers

How Madden Ratings Are Made

Hunched over a keyboard, surrounded by computer monitors, Donny Moore, 37, controls the fate of the National Football League.

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Drills at 'Telegraph Peak'
From ACM News

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Drills at 'Telegraph Peak'

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its drill on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to collect sample powder from inside a rock target called "Telegraph Peak." The target sits in the...

Microsoft Leverages Tech to Preserve Languages at Risk of Disappearing
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Leverages Tech to Preserve Languages at Risk of Disappearing

Microsoft wants to develop software that helps lost languages maintain their relevancy in the modern age.

Techies Take on Port Authority's Data for PATH Stations in 'Hackathon'
From ACM TechNews

Techies Take on Port Authority's Data for PATH Stations in 'Hackathon'

Code of Jersey City recently held its second all-day Hackathon.

Army Research Lab Lays Out HPC Strategy
From ACM TechNews

Army Research Lab Lays Out HPC Strategy

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is utilizing supercomputing and large-scale analytics to maintain its position as the country's top laboratory for land forces...

How Safe Are Perl, PHP, and Ruby? The Experts Weigh In
From ACM TechNews

How Safe Are Perl, PHP, and Ruby? The Experts Weigh In

Many developers of programming languages are quick to defend the security of their language. 

US Government and Private Sector Developing 'Precrime' System to Anticipate Cyber-Attacks
From ACM News

US Government and Private Sector Developing 'Precrime' System to Anticipate Cyber-Attacks

The USA's Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is soliciting the involvement of the private and academic sectors in developing a new 'precrime'...

How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web
From ACM News

How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web

The Dark Web is not so much a place as it is a method of achieving a level of anonymity online.

Professor Develops Tool to Speed Data Collection
From ACM TechNews

Professor Develops Tool to Speed Data Collection

The Computer Assisted Neighborhood Visual Assessment System is a Web application that helps accelerate the collection of research data. 

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons for Neuroscience
From ACM News

Game-Playing Software Holds Lessons for Neuroscience

DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial-intelligence company, has revealed how it created a single computer algorithm that can learn how to play 49 different arcade...

New Display Technology Lets LCDs Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
From ACM News

New Display Technology Lets LCDs Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks
From ACM News

Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks

"What we really need is a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity." It's a sentiment that swells up every few years in the wake of some huge computer intrusion—most...

The Four Main Roadblocks Holding Up Self-Driving Cars
From ACM TechNews

The Four Main Roadblocks Holding Up Self-Driving Cars

There are four major obstacles facing developers of autonomous vehicles. 

Intel: Moore's Law Will Continue Through 7nm Chips
From ACM TechNews

Intel: Moore's Law Will Continue Through 7nm Chips

Papers Intel plans to share this week are meant to reassure the computer industry about the viability of Moore's Law, at least for the immediate future. 

More Watchful Eye Needed on 'Dark Web' and Cybercriminal Activities, Notes New Paper
From ACM TechNews

More Watchful Eye Needed on 'Dark Web' and Cybercriminal Activities, Notes New Paper

New research calls for increased monitoring of the Dark Web by security researchers and government investigators. 

Spy Research Agency Is Building Psychic Machines to Predict Hacks
From ACM TechNews

Spy Research Agency Is Building Psychic Machines to Predict Hacks

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is working on a new contest aimed at creating a system to predict cyberthreats a network may face ahead...

What Clever Robots Mean for Jobs
From ACM TechNews

What Clever Robots Mean for Jobs

For a long time economists maintained that new technology would not result in a net loss of jobs, but some economists now think the situation is more nuanced than...
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