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September 2015


From ACM TechNews

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton describes his work with software which is programmed to make its


From ACM Opinion

The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources

The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources

President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic.


From ACM News

Hundreds of 'Black Hat' English Wikipedia Accounts Blocked Following Investigation

Hundreds of 'Black Hat' English Wikipedia Accounts Blocked Following Investigation

After weeks of investigation, volunteer editors on English Wikipedia announced that they blocked 381 user accounts for "black hat" editing.


From ACM Opinion

You Can't Understand Security Without These Classic Works

You Can't Understand Security Without These Classic Works

There are seminal books, movies, articles, and more that you've been meaning to get to but just haven't made the time for.


From ACM Opinion

A Beginner's Guide to Invisibility

A Beginner's Guide to Invisibility

It is possible, according to many sources, to become invisible, but you must be patient, methodical, and willing to eat almost anything.


From Communications of the ACM

The Value of Social Theories for Global Computing

The Value of Social Theories for Global Computing

Conceptual toolkits for projects that work.


From Communications of the ACM

Innovators Assemble: Ada Lovelace, Walter Isaacson, and the Superheroines of Computing

Innovators Assemble

Can computing history be both inspiring and accurate?


From Communications of the ACM

The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal: Point

The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal

In "Should Conferences Meet Journals and Where?" ACM Publications Board co-chairs Joseph A. Konstan and Jack W. Davidson introduce a proposal that would interweave conference and journal publishing. Here, computer scientist Kathryn


From Communications of the ACM

The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal: Counterpoint

The Pros and Cons of the 'PACM' Proposal

In "Should Conferences Meet Journals and Where?" ACM Publications Board co-chairs Joseph A. Konstan and Jack W. Davidson introduce a proposal that would interweave conference and journal publishing. Here, computer scientist


From Communications of the ACM

The Rise of the Robo Notice

The Rise of the Robo Notice

Examining the conflicting claims involving the use of automated tools in copyright-related notice-and-takedown procedures.


From Communications of the ACM

Experiments as Research Validation: Have We Gone Too Far?

Experiments as Research Validation

Reconsidering conference paper reviewers' requirements for experimental evidence.


From Communications of the ACM

Theory Without Experiments: Have We Gone Too Far?

Theory Without Experiments

Seeking a better understanding of computing through a mixture of theory and appropriate experimental evidence.


From Communications of the ACM

Automated Education and the Professional

Automated Education and the Professional

Technology boffins argue the new technologies of intelligent personal learning environments will put universities out of business. Will the purported successor, an automated global virtual university, be up to the task of professional

Blog at CACM
A Lovelace, Babbage, and Analytical Engine LEGO Set?
A Lovelace, Babbage, and Analytical Engine LEGO Set?
08.29.2015

On LEGO's ideas site, a new set has been proposed that would let children build the Analytical Engine, and learn …

If Something Seems Odd, Check the Data, and Check It Again!
If Something Seems Odd, Check the Data, and Check It Again!
08.18.2015

Finding the hole in the data.

Be It Resolved: Teaching Statements Must Embrace Active Learning and Eschew Lecture
Be It Resolved: Teaching Statements Must Embrace Active Learning and Eschew Lecture
08.14.2015

Let's encourage active learning by requiring it in teaching statements.

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Latest News
How IBM Research Wants to Use Mobile Devices to Detect Early Stage Dementia
How IBM Research Wants to Use Mobile Devices to Detect Early Stage Dementia
09.03.2015

Researchers have developed a smartphone and tablet app that compresses …

Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind
Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind
09.03.2015

Robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing assistive robots …

Mouth Guard Monitors Health Markers, Transmits Information Wirelessly to Smart Phone
Mouth Guard Monitors Health Markers, Transmits Information Wirelessly to Smart Phone
09.03.2015

A mouth guard developed by a team at the University …

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