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The Advent of Virtual Humans
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The Advent of Virtual Humans

Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.

Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area
From ACM News

Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area

The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to...

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate...

Obama Administration Releases $150M in Grants for TechHire
From ACM TechNews

Obama Administration Releases $150M in Grants for TechHire

The Obama administration has issued $150 million in grants for 39 technology-related partnerships in 25 states and Washington, D.C. Awardees will use this money...

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back
From ACM Opinion

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."

Software for fMRI Yield Erroneous Results
From ACM TechNews

Software for fMRI Yield Erroneous Results

Researchers at Linkoping University and the University of Warwick have shown that common statistical methods used to analyze brain activity through images taken...

Trump's Secret Data Reversal
From ACM Careers

Trump's Secret Data Reversal

Donald Trump has dismissed political data operations as "overrated," but his campaign is now bolstering its online fundraising and digital outreach by turning to...

Harmonized Security Across Devices
From ACM TechNews

Harmonized Security Across Devices

The EU-funded SECURity at the network EDge (SECURED) project is focused on the design of a solution to offload the execution of security applications into a programmable...

New, Better Way to Build Circuits for World's First Useful Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

New, Better Way to Build Circuits for World's First Useful Quantum Computers

A team at Penn State performed a single quantum operation on individual atoms on separate stacked planes. Professor David S. Weiss says the technique highlights...

Clever Attack Uses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data
From ACM News

Clever Attack Uses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data

In the past two years a group of researchers in Israel has become highly adept at stealing data from air-gapped computers—those machines prized by hackers that,...

NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past
From ACM News

NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now.

Object and Scene Recognition Software Work Together to Understand Video Content
From ACM TechNews

Object and Scene Recognition Software Work Together to Understand Video Content

A team from Disney Research and Shanghai's Fudan University has used deep-learning techniques to train computer software to recognize events in videos.

As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You
From ACM News

As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.

Tour de France to Use Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping
From ACM News

Tour de France to Use Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping

They call it "mechanical doping," but the name simply doesn't do it justice.

Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios
From ACM TechNews

Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a visual cloud computing architecture that streamlines the process of analyzing visual electronic data.

This Sculpture Was Designed and 3-D Printed by an AI Artist
From ACM TechNews

This Sculpture Was Designed and 3-D Printed by an AI Artist

Information Technology University of Copenhagen professor Joel Lehman and colleagues have created an artificial intelligence that can design and generate physical...

Malware Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Devices via Fans
From ACM TechNews

Malware Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Devices via Fans

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev report data can be stolen from an air-gapped computer using the computer's fan to a nearby mobile phone equipped...

Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill
From ACM News

Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill

Edward Snowden has been in exile in Russia since 2013, when he leaked classified documents about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter
From ACM News

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter

Last Friday (6/24), at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA's Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9 million kilometers) from its July 4th appointment...
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