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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.


Why Robot That Gets 'tired and Hormonal' Is a Good Thing
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Why Robot That Gets 'tired and Hormonal' Is a Good Thing

Having certain robots operate using the electronic equivalent of an endocrine system could present advantages, according to researchers. 

Cardiff University Develops Virtual Assistant Dubbed Sherlock
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Cardiff University Develops Virtual Assistant Dubbed Sherlock

A virtual assistant developed at Cardiff University recently had its first public trial at the BBC's Make It Digital event. 

Study Suggests London ­nderground May Be 'too Fast'
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Study Suggests London ­nderground May Be 'too Fast'

A computer model of the London Underground predicts trains that travel too fast compound congestion when key locations outside the city center become bottlenecks...

The Search For a Thinking Machine
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The Search For a Thinking Machine

Thanks, in part, to a new era of machine learning, computer are already starting to assimilate information from raw data in the same way as the human infant learns...

The People Hoping to Continue to Exist Through Technology
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The People Hoping to Continue to Exist Through Technology

"We have this strange idea that dying is something we need to do."

The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones
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The Oil-Rich City Betting on Drones

Over the PA system a voice tells us not to be alarmed. What we are about to see is just a demonstration, courtesy of the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of the Interior...

Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'
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Facial Recognition Tool 'works in Darkness'

Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness.

The Hidden Lab Where Bankcards Are Hacked
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The Hidden Lab Where Bankcards Are Hacked

It couldn't get any more steampunk if it tried: a wooden robot hisses like an airbrake as a blast of compressed air shoves its arm sideways, sending a credit card...

The People 'possessed' By Computers
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The People 'possessed' By Computers

Sophia Ben-Achour looks like a typical London student. She has short, brown hair, dancing eyes and a wide smile.

The Secret Codes of British Banknotes
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The Secret Codes of British Banknotes

A brand-new Xerox colour photocopier had just arrived at one of Cambridge's industrial labs.

Building the Face of a Criminal from Dna
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Building the Face of a Criminal from Dna

The face of a killer constructed from DNA left at the scene of a crime: it sounds like science fiction. But revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes...

How Will the Universe End, and Could Anything Survive?
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How Will the Universe End, and Could Anything Survive?

Don't panic, but our planet is doomed. It's just going to take a while.

Falls of the Robots: Disaster Droids Struggle to Stay ­pright
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Falls of the Robots: Disaster Droids Struggle to Stay ­pright

It's a scenario straight out of a Hollywood movie.

Disaster Droids Face Off in the DARPA Robotics Challenge
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Disaster Droids Face Off in the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Final preparations are being made by 24 robotics teams about to compete for $3.5m (£2.3m) worth of prizes in a Pentagon-backed competition.

The Number Glitch That Can Lead to Catastrophe
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The Number Glitch That Can Lead to Catastrophe

A surprisingly simple bug afflicts computers controlling planes, spacecraft and more; they get confused by big numbers.

U.s. Nuclear Fears Block Intel China Supercomputer Update
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U.s. Nuclear Fears Block Intel China Supercomputer Update

The U.S. government has refused to let Intel help China update the world's biggest supercomputer.

How the Dark Web Spurs a Spying 'arms Race'
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How the Dark Web Spurs a Spying 'arms Race'

It's a technological arms race, pure and simple.

Ted 2015: Google Boss Wants Self-Drive Cars 'for Son'
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Ted 2015: Google Boss Wants Self-Drive Cars 'for Son'

The director of Google's self-driving car project says he wants self-driving cars to be standard on roads within five years. 

Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?
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Is Your Toaster a Silent Recruit in a 'thingbot' Army?

All kinds of gadgets, from toasters to sprinklers, fridges to domestic heating systems, are now boasting sensors, actuators and low-powered embedded chips.

Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World
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Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World

Time is money—and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013.
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