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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks
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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to create tadpoles with pigmentation never before seen in nature.

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other
From ACM TechNews

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with ...

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education
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A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.

Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses
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Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Researchers have created PickAR, a headset that uses AR technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders with greater efficiency...

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi
From ACM TechNews

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

A new Google Chrome browser extension dramatically upgrades Wi-Fi browsing speeds at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

Beta Boom
From ACM News

Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded
From ACM TechNews

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Researchers have developed a Wi-Fi network based on directable infrared light rays.

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
From ACM News

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...

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law
From ACM News

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.

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Present Early Warning System for Mass Cyberattacks

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

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.  

Scientists Develop a System That Predicts the Behavior of Tsunamis in Less than 10 Minutes
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Scientists Develop a System That Predicts the Behavior of Tsunamis in Less than 10 Minutes

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain say they have developed a simulator that needs only 10 minutes to predict the behavior of tsunamis generated by...

Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords
From ACM TechNews

Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords

There is active research transpiring in the area of unknowable password development.

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It
From ACM TechNews

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media
From ACM TechNews

Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media

Social media can be used to warn people about floods, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events before they transpire by focusing on photos and keywords posted...

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career
From ACM TechNews

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Although girls currently comprise about 50% of the enrollment in U.S. high school science and math classes, they still lag their male counterparts in college and...
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