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Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots' Stupidity
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Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots' Stupidity

The results of the Winograd Schema Challenge revealed much more work needs to be done to make computers truly intelligent.

To Catch a Wireless Thief
From ACM TechNews

To Catch a Wireless Thief

Crowdsourcing programs one day could help authorities track down unauthorized radio bandwidth and malicious radio disruptions.

Organic Computers Are Coming
From ACM TechNews

Organic Computers Are Coming

Researchers have discovered a molecule which, they say, could stimulate the development of organic electronics.

More Female International Students Pursue STEM Degrees at U.S. Universities
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More Female International Students Pursue STEM Degrees at U.S. Universities

More female international students are attending U.S. universities to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math degrees.

Will Ecole 42 Crack the Code of Learning?
From ACM News

Will Ecole 42 Crack the Code of Learning?

A French institution may be a window into the future of coding education.

Learning to Trust a Self-Driving Car
From ACM News

Learning to Trust a Self-Driving Car

On a clear morning in early May, Brian Lathrop, a senior engineer for Volkswagen's Electronics Research Laboratory, was in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S...

Having Stomach Troubles? Try Swallowing an Origami Robot
From ACM News

Having Stomach Troubles? Try Swallowing an Origami Robot

Has your child swallowed a small battery? In the future, a tiny robot made from pig gut could capture it and expel it.

Researchers Build a Crawling Robot From Sea Slug Parts and a 3D Printed Body
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Build a Crawling Robot From Sea Slug Parts and a 3D Printed Body

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have built "biohybrid" robots that crawl like sea turtles on the beach.

Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room
From ACM TechNews

Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room

A complex in Prineville, OR, that houses Facebook servers recently was expanded with high-powered servers designed to accelerate research into machine learning....

User-Controlled System Makes It Possible to Instantly Revoke Access to Files Hosted on Internet Cloud Servers
From ACM TechNews

User-Controlled System Makes It Possible to Instantly Revoke Access to Files Hosted on Internet Cloud Servers

Access to cloud-hosted data can be controlled in real time by securing data files with a proxy key.

U.S. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to fund next-generation wireless research.

The Secret History of X-Ray Specs
From ACM News

The Secret History of X-Ray Specs

"I have seen my death!" Anna Bertha Röntgen is said to have exclaimed upon seeing the first X-ray photograph ever made–an image of the bones in her hand. It was...

Atom Wranglers Create Rewritable Memory
From ACM News

Atom Wranglers Create Rewritable Memory

Engineers can only stuff so much computing power into devices like smartphones and tablets before they run up against physical barriers.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover,...

Can We Protect Against Computers Being Fingerprinted?
From ACM TechNews

Can We Protect Against Computers Being Fingerprinted?

University of Adelaide researchers are working to find new methods of protecting against the fingerprinting of personal computers.

HoloLens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories
From ACM TechNews

HoloLens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories

An augmented reality "IT help desk" could allow factories to identify and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems.

Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels

Artificial intelligence and robotics are leading a transformation in Silicon Valley expected to be as significant as the personal computing and commercial Internet...

Breakthrough in Powering Wireless Sensors
From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough in Powering Wireless Sensors

Researchers are making progress toward harvesting ambient energy from mobile phone base stations to power wireless sensors used in a range of industries.

NYU Researchers Report Cybersecurity Risks in 3D Printing
From ACM TechNews

NYU Researchers Report Cybersecurity Risks in 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing, also known as three-dimensional printing, faces some of the same cybersecurity risks as the electronics industry.

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals
From ACM Opinion

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.
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