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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.


The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking
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The Computer That Knows What You're Thinking

We have all done it; put a rictus grin on our faces while inside we are burning with anger.

America's Crypto Battles
From ACM Opinion

America's Crypto Battles

John Miller reckons he can get into pretty much any safe.

European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments
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European Parliament Votes Against Net Neutrality Amendments

The European Parliament has voted against a set of rules intended to safeguard "net neutrality" in the EU.

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. 

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...

Web's Random Numbers Are Too Weak, Researchers Warn
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Web's Random Numbers Are Too Weak, Researchers Warn

A study found shortcomings in the generation of the random numbers used to scramble or encrypt data.

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.

'positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.s. Derailment
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'positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.s. Derailment

The investigation into the cause of a fatal train derailment in the U.S. city of Philadelphia this week has already yielded its first conclusion: it could have...

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.

What Would You See in a Black Hole?
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What Would You See in a Black Hole?

Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder...

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.
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