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Humanoid Robots Can't Outsource Their Brains to the Cloud Due to Network Latency
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Humanoid Robots Can't Outsource Their Brains to the Cloud Due to Network Latency

Osaka University roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro explains why offloading a humanoid robot's intelligence to a data center or a cloud computer is impractical. 

On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes
From ACM TechNews

On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes

A new process uses carbon nanotubes to randomly wire part of a chip, which is then used to generate cryptographic information. 

On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes
From ACM News

On-Chip Random Key Generation Done ­sing Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes are small and can be semiconducting, which makes lots of people excited about using them as a replacement for features etched in silicon.

Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition
From ACM News

Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition

Computers have started to get really good at visual recognition.

Encryption Isn't at Stake, the Fbi Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key
From ACM News

Encryption Isn't at Stake, the Fbi Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key

Apple has been served with a court order at the FBI's request, demanding that it assist the government agency with unlocking an iPhone 5C that was used by Syed...

How Apple Will Fight the Doj in Iphone Backdoor Crypto Case
From ACM News

How Apple Will Fight the Doj in Iphone Backdoor Crypto Case

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday evening said the US government's legal position on encryption backdoors was setting "a dangerous precedent."

Data Analysis of Github Contributions Reveals ­nexpected Gender Bias
From ACM TechNews

Data Analysis of Github Contributions Reveals ­nexpected Gender Bias

An analysis of millions of GitHub pull requests found women's contributions were accepted more frequently than men's, but only if they had gender-neutral profiles...

New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile
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New Report Contends Mandatory Crypto Backdoors Would Be Futile

An estimated 63 percent of the encryption products available today are developed outside US borders, according to a new report that takes a firm stance against...

Europe's Top Court Mulls Legality of Hyperlinks to Copyrighted Content
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Europe's Top Court Mulls Legality of Hyperlinks to Copyrighted Content

Europe's highest court is considering whether every hyperlink in a Web page should be checked for potentially linking to material that infringes copyright, before...

Models of Pedestrian Flow Stumble Because People Change Their Minds
From ACM News

Models of Pedestrian Flow Stumble Because People Change Their Minds

The flow of pedestrians is a critical part of the design of buildings, stadiums, and much more.

Star's Bizarre Optical Antics Go Back at Least a Century
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Star's Bizarre Optical Antics Go Back at Least a Century

For over a century, a star's bizarre behavior has been hiding in plain sight.

Gene Editing Shows Promise in Treating Muscular Dystrophy
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Gene Editing Shows Promise in Treating Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of the most common fatal genetic diseases. It causes muscle degeneration and eventually death due to weakened heart and lung...

In 2016, Terror Suspects and 7-Eleven Thieves May Bring Surveillance to Supreme Court
From ACM Opinion

In 2016, Terror Suspects and 7-Eleven Thieves May Bring Surveillance to Supreme Court

It has now been 2.5 years since the first Snowden revelations were published. And in 2015, government surveillance marched on in both large (the National Security...

Dutch Government: Encryption Good, Backdoors Bad
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Dutch Government: Encryption Good, Backdoors Bad

The Dutch government has released a statement in which it says that "it is currently not desirable to take restricting legal measures concerning the development...

In 2015, Promising Surveillance Cases Ran Into Legal Brick Walls
From ACM Opinion

In 2015, Promising Surveillance Cases Ran Into Legal Brick Walls

Today, the first Snowden disclosures in 2013 feel like a distant memory.

Ipv6 Celebrates Its 20th Birthday By Reaching 10 Percent Deployment
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Ipv6 Celebrates Its 20th Birthday By Reaching 10 Percent Deployment

Twenty years ago this month, RFC 1883 was published: Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification.

Two Atoms Make Quantum Memory, Processing Gate, and Test of Entanglement
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Two Atoms Make Quantum Memory, Processing Gate, and Test of Entanglement

Quantum systems are inherently fragile as any interactions with the outside world can change their state.

Backslash: Anti-Surveillance Gadgets For Protesters
From ACM Careers

Backslash: Anti-Surveillance Gadgets For Protesters

When riot police descended on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last year sporting assault rifles and armored vehicles, the images sparked an awareness of the military...

Attempt No Landing There? Yeah Right—We're Going to Europa
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Attempt No Landing There? Yeah Right—We're Going to Europa

It is a nightmare glacier, tormented by the giant of our Solar System ever looming on its horizon.

MIT ­ses Wireless Signals to Identify People Through Walls
From ACM News

MIT ­ses Wireless Signals to Identify People Through Walls

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is developing a device that uses wireless signals to identify human figures through walls.
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