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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Reimagining Search
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Reimagining Search

Search engine developers are moving beyond the problem of document analysis, toward the elusive goal of figuring out what people really want.

Algorithmic Authors
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Algorithmic Authors

Natural Language Generation software begins delivering on the promise of automated prose.

Big Data Meets Big Science
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Big Data Meets Big Science

Next-generation scientific instruments are forcing researchers to question the limits of massively parallel computing.

Patient, Heal Thyself
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Patient, Heal Thyself

New handheld medical diagnostic tools promise more efficient, lower-cost healthcare — but at what price?

Robots Like Us
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Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

The Social Life of Robots
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The Social Life of Robots

Researchers are trying to build robots capable of working together with minimal human supervision. But will they ever learn to get along?

Hacking Cars
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Hacking Cars

Researchers have discovered important security flaws in modern automobile systems. Will car thieves learn to pick locks with their laptops?

Data Streaming 2.0
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Data Streaming 2.0

In today's real-time Web, data streaming applications no longer have the luxury of making multiple passes over a recorded data set.

Type Theory Comes of Age
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Type Theory Comes of Age

Type systems are moving beyond the realm of data structure and into more complex domains like security and networking.

Ready For a Web OS?
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Ready For a Web OS?

The hegemony of the traditional desktop operating system is starting to fracture with the emergence of a new generation of Web browsers that may finally herald...

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
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Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

Context-Aware Smartphones
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Context-Aware Smartphones

Future generations of smartphones will be context aware, tracking your behavior, providing information about the immediate environment, and anticipating your intentions...

Searching the Deep Web
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Searching the Deep Web

While the Semantic Web may be a long time coming, Deep Web search strategies offer the promise of a semantic Web.
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