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April 2013


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Diamond Shows Promise for Quantum Internet

Diamond Shows Promise for Quantum Internet

Today's Internet runs on linked silicon chips, but a future quantum version might be built from diamond crystals.


From ACM Opinion

20 Years On, the Open Web Faces Challenges

20 Years On, the Open Web Faces Challenges

For people of a certain age in the technology industry, one of the ways of establishing a connection with someone is by asking some version of the following question: How long have you been online?


From ACM News

In the Fog of Battle Acoustic Sensors Pinpoint Gunfire by Measuring Air Movement

In the Fog of Battle Acoustic Sensors Pinpoint Gunfire by Measuring Air Movement

Sensors originally designed to alert pilots of single-engine planes to the location of nearby aircraft are instead finding a military role locating unseen battle threats as far away as 40 kilometers.


From ACM TechNews

Would You Like Your Assistant Human or Robotic?

Would You Like Your Assistant Human or Robotic?

Asked about assistive robots, more than half of healthcare providers would prefer assistance in the form of a robotic helper over a human.


From ACM TechNews

Squishy Robots Evolve to Run

Squishy Robots Evolve to Run

Researchers have released a video that shows the evolution of a creature into a galloping, soft robot over 1,000 generations. 


From ACM TechNews

A Touchscreen You Can Pinch, Poke and Stretch

A Touchscreen You Can Pinch, Poke and Stretch

The touch-screen display and three-dimensional display have been combined to develop the Obake screen that users can pinch, poke, and stretch. 


From ACM Careers

How Pixar Made Monsters University, Its Latest Technological Marvel

How Pixar Made Monsters University, Its Latest Technological Marvel

Monsters University, the new animated film from Disney's Pixar division that debuts on June 21, will serve as light summer entertainment for most audiences. But the light-hearted, character-driven film is also a technological…


From ACM News

Herschel Completes Its 'Cool' Journey in Space

Herschel Completes Its 'Cool' Journey in Space

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected.


From ACM News

Speed of Light May Not Be Constant, Physicists Say

Speed of Light May Not Be Constant, Physicists Say

The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say. But some scientists are exploring the possibility that this cosmic speed limit changes, a consequence of the nature of the vacuum of space.


From ACM News

John Reynolds, 1935 – 2013

John Reynolds, 1935 – 2013

John C. Reynolds, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor emeritus John C. Reynolds passed away at age 77.

 


From ACM Careers

The Great Surveillance Boom

The Great Surveillance Boom

Video surveillance is big business. Expect it to get bigger. After law enforcement used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to help identify last week's Boston bombing suspects, lawmakers and surveillance advocates renewed…


From ACM TechNews

Epidural Simulator Developed by BU and Poole Hospital Will Help Reduce Risk of Harm to Patients

Epidural Simulator Developed by BU and Poole Hospital Will Help Reduce Risk of Harm to Patients

Researchers are developing an epidural simulator to aid in training doctors to perform epidurals and to increase patient safety. 


From ACM TechNews

World's Most Human-Like Android Head

World's Most Human-Like Android Head

Roboticist David Hanson says his latest creation is  the "world's most human-like android head." 


From ACM TechNews

Software Engineers Win Bronze in Best Job Battle

Software Engineers Win Bronze in Best Job Battle

The 2013 edition of CareerCast's Jobs Rated report ranks software engineer as the third best job in the world.


From ACM TechNews

NASA Uses Smartphones as Satellites

NASA Uses Smartphones as Satellites

NASA is using smartphones as microprocessors for satellites. 


From ACM TechNews

The Rise of Big Data

The Rise of Big Data

Big data is transforming the way people experience the world and enabling them to learn things that in the past would have been impossible. 


From ACM TechNews

Google Glass Could Spur Wearable Tech Boom

Google Glass Could Spur Wearable Tech Boom

IHS estimates that wearable-technology companies could sell up to 9.4 million devices by 2016. 


From ACM TechNews

Robot-Human Interaction: Will We Bond With Bots In The Future?

Robot-Human Interaction: Will We Bond With Bots In The Future?

As robots become more intelligent and aware, experts say people might develop emotional relationships with them. 


From ACM News

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled by Your Brain

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled by Your Brain

One day, we may be able to check email or call a friend without ever touching a screen or even speaking to a disembodied helper.


From ACM News

After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras

After Boston: The Pros and Cons of Surveillance Cameras

Even after the identification of the Boston bombing suspects through grainy security-camera images, officials say that blanketing a city in surveillance cameras can create as many problems as it solves. 


From ACM News

Deep Learning

Deep Learning

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn't looking for a job.


From ACM News

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers across an iPad's touchscreen, shuffling groups of icons.


From ACM TechNews

Indiana University Supercomputer Aims for Big Ideas

Indiana University Supercomputer Aims for Big Ideas

Big Red II is the fastest supercomputer owned and funded by a U.S. university, and is likely one of the world's 50 fastest. 


From ACM TechNews

Google Predicts Stock-Market Crashes, Study Suggests

Google Predicts Stock-Market Crashes, Study Suggests

A new method of predicting whole stock market shifts is based on publicly available data on Google Trends search terms. 


From ACM TechNews

Can Super Mario Save Artificial Intelligence?

Can Super Mario Save Artificial Intelligence?

A new program unveiled this month can learn multiple games without any specialized prior knowledge. 


From ACM TechNews

World's First Smartphone for the Blind, Made in India

World's First Smartphone for the Blind, Made in India

A National Institute of Design post-graduate student has led the development of a smartphone for the visually impaired. 


From ACM TechNews

Providing Robotic Carers and Smart Systems for the Elderly

Providing Robotic Carers and Smart Systems for the Elderly

Researchers continue to improve and fine-tune an automated carer system for the elderly to make it useful, acceptable, and fun to use. 


From ACM Careers

From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan IT Sector Is Booming

From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan IT Sector Is Booming

After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britain's Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.


From ACM Opinion

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field, joined the search giant late last year.


From ACM News

Bioengineers Build Open Source Language for Programming Cells

Bioengineers Build Open Source Language for Programming Cells

Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body.

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