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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?
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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access
From ACM TechNews

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access

Volunteers are working to archive public databases hosted by U.S. government agencies because they are worried access to the data could be cut off by the Trump...

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter
From ACM TechNews

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter

To prepare for the day when self-driving cars will travel on technology-aided roads, U.S. state transit planners aim to outfit those roadways with fiber optics,...

IARPA to Develop Early-Warning System for Cyberattacks
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IARPA to Develop Early-Warning System for Cyberattacks

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched a multi-year initiative to create technologies that could provide early warning of cyberattacks...

Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks
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Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the...

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves
From ACM Opinion

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

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."

Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages
From ACM Opinion

Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages

On April 12, 1865—three days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and two days before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated—the president sent...

Too Cute for Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts
From ACM TechNews

Too Cute for Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

Robot designers are developing robots that appear non-threatening, but can take action when humans attracted to their cuteness interfere with performance of their...

How New Technology is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma
From ACM Opinion

How New Technology is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma

On a pleaant Friday afternoon in April, the grassy quadrangle at the center of the Carnegie Mellon University campus is buzzing with activity.

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot
From ACM TechNews

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot

Researchers at schools such as the Georgia Institute of Technology are testing artificial intelligence to relieve the burden of teaching assistants. 

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'StarCraft'
From ACM TechNews

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'StarCraft'

The next frontier for game-playing artificial intelligence could be the popular real-time strategy game "StarCraft."

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'StarCraft'
From ACM News

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'StarCraft'

Humanity has fallen to artificial intelligence in checkers, chess, and, last month, Go, the complex ancient Chinese board game.

Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work
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Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work

Technology companies are leveraging internships and other programs to help women return to work and update the skills they need to be competitive. 

CERN Is Seeking Secrets of the Universe, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell
From ACM News

CERN Is Seeking Secrets of the Universe, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for another run at smashing particles together to unlock the secrets of the universe.

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market
From ACM News

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., a firm at the center of Wall Street’s trading infrastructure, is about to give the technology behind bitcoin a big test: seeing...

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape
From ACM News

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing...

Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm for That
From ACM TechNews

Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm for That

Baidu's Big Data Lab has devised an algorithm that can predict crowd formation. 

App to Tackle Impact of Injuries on NFL Players
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App to Tackle Impact of Injuries on NFL Players

Researchers last week rolled out a new smartphone app to enable former NFL players and the general public to collectively participate in a clinical study to evaluate...

Utah Republicans Open Caucuses to Online Voters
From ACM TechNews

Utah Republicans Open Caucuses to Online Voters

Utah residents this week will be able to cast ballots in the Republican presidential contest using computers, tablets, and smartphones, representing the largest...
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