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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next...

Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits
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Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law
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How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

Microprocessors got smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, but as they reach their physical limitations, chip architecture is driving performance gains.

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045
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Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045

Google director of engineering and ACM Fellow Ray Kurzweil this week predicted the technological singularity will arrive by 2045.

Researchers Present Early Warning System for Mass Cyberattacks
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Researchers Present Early Warning System for Mass Cyberattacks

Researchers have developed an early warning system for massive distributed denial-of-service attacks.

AncestryAI Algorithm Traces Your Family Tree Back More Than 300 Years
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AncestryAI Algorithm Traces Your Family Tree Back More Than 300 Years

Researchers have developed a family tree artificial intelligence algorithm that looks for connections between 5 million baptisms from the end of the 17th century...

Why We Need Exascale Computing
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Why We Need Exascale Computing

Potentially everyone on earth could be affected by the benefits of exascale computing, writes Paul Messina, director of the Argonne National Laboratory's Exascale...

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk
From ACM TechNews

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a robotic head that analyzes how people interact with each other.

U.S. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget
From ACM News

U.S. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain.

Creation of Highly Magnetic Material Could Improve Computer Technologies
From ACM TechNews

Creation of Highly Magnetic Material Could Improve Computer Technologies

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a highly magnetic material that could provide fundamental improvements to the performance of conventional computer technologies...

Cineca's HPC Systems Tackle Italy's Biggest Computing Challenges
From ACM TechNews

Cineca's HPC Systems Tackle Italy's Biggest Computing Challenges

Cineca, the leading Italian high-performance computing consortium, manages a supercomputing resource hub to advance innovations in scientific computing.

So Long Stiffness: Stanford Engineers Use Soup Additive to Create a Stretchable Plastic Electrode
From ACM TechNews

So Long Stiffness: Stanford Engineers Use Soup Additive to Create a Stretchable Plastic Electrode

Stanford University researchers have demonstrated how to take a brittle plastic and modify it chemically to make it much more flexible, while slightly enhancing...

Engineers Devise Two-Way Radio on a Single Chip
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Engineers Devise Two-Way Radio on a Single Chip

Researchers say they have developed a method for transmitting and receiving a radio signal on a single chip.

In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)
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In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)

Some issues that arise from the use of algorithms may be due to the data they are fed, rather than their black-box nature.  

HKBU Scholar Invents World's First 'Lip Password:' A Patented Double Security System for Identity Authentication
From ACM TechNews

HKBU Scholar Invents World's First 'Lip Password:' A Patented Double Security System for Identity Authentication

Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have developed new technology that utilizes a person's lip motions to create a password.

What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?
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What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?

You've heard the hype: The quantum computer revolution is coming. Physicists say these devices will be fast enough to break every encryption method banks use today...

Is Reliable Artificial Intelligence Possible?
From ACM TechNews

Is Reliable Artificial Intelligence Possible?

Artificial intelligence technology should be openly available, according to researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in France.

Nanoscale Logic Machines Go Beyond Binary Computing
From ACM TechNews

Nanoscale Logic Machines Go Beyond Binary Computing

An international team of academic researchers has built minuscule logic machines that physically model computational problems and exploit the innate randomness...

Doubts About Whether Internet Filters Protect Teenagers Online
From ACM TechNews

Doubts About Whether Internet Filters Protect Teenagers Online

Researchers surveyed 515 teenagers and their parents about whether they used technical tools to control or manage access to online content.
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