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Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State
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Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into...

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
From ACM News

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
From ACM News

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

New Insider Attack Steals Passwords by Reading Thermal Energy From Keyboards
From ACM TechNews

New Insider Attack Steals Passwords by Reading Thermal Energy From Keyboards

A new insider attack strategy involving the measurement of thermal energy from keyboards has demonstrated the ability to expose passwords.

White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research
From ACM TechNews

White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research

The White House has established an Office of Science and Technology Policy subcommittee to oversee federal backing and investment for quantum technology research...

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices
From ACM TechNews

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices

A team of researchers used boron arsenide crystals to cool electronic devices more effectively than current methods.

Computer Science Researchers Help Answer Age-Old Medical Science Question
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Researchers Help Answer Age-Old Medical Science Question

Researchers used computer models to determine how veins containing red blood get their bluish appearance.

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs
From ACM TechNews

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

A sprawling robot at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel upgrades an earlier design's wheel-leg mobility so it can scale impediments.

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War
From ACM News

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole
From ACM News

Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole

It was the smallest bullet you could possibly imagine, a subatomic particle weighing barely more than a thought, and a cosmic blunderbuss, a supermassive black...

Big Data Analysis Identifies New Cancer Risk Genes
From ACM TechNews

Big Data Analysis Identifies New Cancer Risk Genes

Researchers in Spain have developed an analysis method for systematically identifying genes involved in hereditary cancer risk, using existing cancer genome datasets...

Test Tube Artificial Neural Network Recognizes 'Molecular Handwriting'
From ACM TechNews

Test Tube Artificial Neural Network Recognizes 'Molecular Handwriting'

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial neural network from DNA that can correctly identify handwritten numbers.

How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language
From ACM TechNews

How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

Ohio State University researchers investigating the challenge of ambiguous language for computers used an online game to clarify work in the field of natural language...

Code Now, Pay Tuition Later
From ACM TechNews

Code Now, Pay Tuition Later

Organizations are offering free coding programs for Web engineers that include job placement; graduates agree to pay the schools a portion of their salaries once...

'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'
From ACM News

'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'

Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
From ACM News

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Researchers Discover Android Apps Spying on Users' Screens
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Discover Android Apps Spying on Users' Screens

An analysis of Android apps found “several” clandestinely recording and sharing video and images of users' screens.

Smart Bandages Designed to Monitor and Tailor Treatment for Chronic Wounds
From ACM TechNews

Smart Bandages Designed to Monitor and Tailor Treatment for Chronic Wounds

A team of researchers has developed a prototype bandage that can actively monitor chronic wounds, and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances...

Holograms Are Helping Medical Training
From ACM TechNews

Holograms Are Helping Medical Training

San Diego State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing mixed-reality software for the education of nurse trainees.
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