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July 2015


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Machine Ethics: The Robot's Dilemma

Machine Ethics: The Robot's Dilemma

In his 1942 short story 'Runaround', science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced the Three Laws of Robotics—engineering safeguards and built-in ethical principles that he would go on to use in dozens of stories and novels.


From ACM News

The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams

The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams

One of the first electronic, programmable computers in the world is remembered today mostly by its nickname: Colossus.


From ACM TechNews

The Reality of Problem Solving

The Reality of Problem Solving

A new adaptive importance sampling algorithm can help generate more accurate predictions than a data assimilation algorithm when uncertainty is involved. 


From ACM TechNews

Robots to 'Hear Better' With New Microphone Technique

Robots to 'Hear Better' With New Microphone Technique

U.K. scientists have developed a new microphone system with the potential to help future robots pay closer attention to what they hear.


From ACM TechNews

Stuck on You: Research Shows Fingerprint Accuracy Stays the Same Over Time

Stuck on You: Research Shows Fingerprint Accuracy Stays the Same Over Time

New research by Michigan State University professor Anil Jain has proven one's fingerprint pattern is persistent over time. 


From ACM TechNews

Device Created at Wichita State Could Detect Driver Drowsiness, Make Roads Safer

Device Created at Wichita State Could Detect Driver Drowsiness, Make Roads Safer

Researchers at Wichita State University are working with Vigo Technologies to develop a device that can detect drowsiness and warn drivers. 


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Comet Sinkholes Generate Jets

Comet Sinkholes Generate Jets

A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta's comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface.


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How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.


From ACM Careers

No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution

No Internet? No Problem. Inside Cuba's Tech Revolution

Robin Pedraja, a lanky 28-year-old former design student from Havana, walked into the Cuban government’s office of periodicals and publications early last year seeking approval for a dream: starting an online magazine about Cuba’s


From ACM News

Don't Fear Falling Into a Black Hole–You May Live On as a Hologram

Don't Fear Falling Into a Black Hole–You May Live On as a Hologram

In the movie Interstellar, the main character Cooper escapes from a black hole in time to see his daughter Murph in her final days.


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China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'Controllable'

China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'Controllable'

China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses.


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The Future of Car Keys? Smartphone Apps, Maybe

The Future of Car Keys? Smartphone Apps, Maybe

It' not fun getting into a car when the interior is 130 degrees, but that's a typical problem during the summer for those who live in a city like Phoenix, where outside temperatures can regularly soar well past 100.


From ACM TechNews

Collaboratively Exploring Virtual Worlds

Collaboratively Exploring Virtual Worlds

The Pentagon's Office of Force Readiness and Training, Lockheed Martin, and the National Science Foundation are creating a platform for immersive training. 


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How Computers Are Learning to Make Human Software Work More Efficiently

How Computers Are Learning to Make Human Software Work More Efficiently

In genetic improvement, an automated "programmer" is written to manipulate the source code of a piece of software via trial and error, to boost its efficiency.


From ACM TechNews

Georgia Tech Researchers Train Computer to Create Games by Watching YouTube

Georgia Tech Researchers Train Computer to Create Games by Watching YouTube

Researchers have developed a computing system that views video game play on streaming services, analyzes the footage, and then creates new sections of a game. 


From ACM TechNews

Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff?

Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff?

A recent panel discussion focused on the need to develop policies to prevent artificial intelligence from evolving to the point where it threatens humanity's existence. 


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Computer Comedian Suggests Pics to Make Your Online Chat Funnier

Computer Comedian Suggests Pics to Make Your Online Chat Funnier

New software can bring a sense of humor to online chat. 


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What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things

What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things

President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give each of us information that allows us to stay healthier."


From ACM TechNews

How Computer Science Education Has Changed

How Computer Science Education Has Changed

The rapid advancement of technology has supported changes in many aspects of computer science education, while other aspects have remained consistent. 


From Communications of the ACM

Bringing Big Data to the Big Tent

Bringing Big Data to the Big Tent

Open source tools assist data science.


From Communications of the ACM

Growing Pains for Deep Learning

Growing Pains for Deep Learning

Neural networks, which support online image search and speech recognition, eventually will drive more advanced services.


From Communications of the ACM

The New Smart Cities

The New Smart Cities

How urban information systems are slowly revamping the modern metropolis.


From Communications of the ACM

ACM Announces 2014 Award Recipients

ACM Announces 2014 Award Recipients

Recognizing excellence in technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and information technology.