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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI
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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help...

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017
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In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Sammet was the first female president of ACM, and a pioneer in programming languages.

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites
From ACM Careers

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.

Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics
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Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace
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Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace

Massachusetts Institute of Technology principal research scientist Andrew McAfee says the pace of machine-learning advancement is often underestimated.

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI
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Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google has unveiled a new approach to machine learning in which neural networks are used to build better neural networks.

A Brief History of SETI@Home
From ACM Careers

A Brief History of SETI@Home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world...

New Computation Tools Enable Much Faster and Cheaper Product Development
From ACM TechNews

New Computation Tools Enable Much Faster and Cheaper Product Development

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have developed faster, more accurate, and agile computation tools and methods.

River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes
From ACM News

River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes

At this point, we've worked out the basics of the processes that produced the topography around us here on Earth.

U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 
From ACM News

U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch...

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

A team of researchers says a new machine-learning algorithm can take a recipe and transform it into an alternative dietary style.

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software

New software is designed to eliminate multiple hypothesis testing errors in interactive data exploration and visualization systems using real-time statistical safeguards...

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.

Google Program Inspires Kids to Learn Coding
From ACM TechNews

Google Program Inspires Kids to Learn Coding

Google's Code in the Community Program aims to help 3,000 underprivileged children develop computational skills for possible technology careers.

America’s dangerous Internet delusion
From ACM News

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

Despite enormous benefits, the Internet also encourages crime, global conflict, and economic disruption.

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game
From ACM TechNews

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
From ACM News

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017
From ACM News

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

French computer scientist Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 15.

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America
From ACM News

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington.
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