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The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin
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The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

Keeping bitcoin running via the process of "mining" consumes a staggering amount of electricity, and experts are investigating energy-saving solutions.

A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes
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A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers say they have built a true random number generator from a static random-access memory cell printed with a specialized carbon nanotube ink.

Robots Could Act as Ethical Mediators Between Patients and Caregivers
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Robots Could Act as Ethical Mediators Between Patients and Caregivers

Researchers hypothesize that robots that understand ethical issues would be able to observe interactions between patients and caregivers, and intervene when needed...

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
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Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes...

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity
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Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity

As artificial intelligence technologies increasingly are deployed to meet industrial and personal needs, the field will need to address its lack of ethnic and gender...

Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
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Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...

The Fuzzy Logic of Fleeing For Your Life
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The Fuzzy Logic of Fleeing For Your Life

A special session at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligence Transportation Systems dealt with intelligent pedestrian traffic and evacuation dynamics.

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin
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The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin

Bitcoin, the leading online alternative currency, has attracted high-minded entrepreneurs and crooks alike.

The Biometric Wallet
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The Biometric Wallet

Hitachi and Fujitsu have pioneered a new technique in which a person's vein configurations are scanned as proof of identity, and the technology is being integrated...

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It's Time to Start 3d Scanning the World

When Microsoft was developing its Kinect 3D sensor, a critical task was to calibrate its algorithms to rapidly and accurately recognize parts of the human body,...

The Future of Riots
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The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots. During four days of assaults...

From ACM News

Computing the Scene of a Crime

The use of fingerprints, shoeprints, handwriting, and other forensic evidence may seem like good science—but often it's not, as it relies heavily on humans for...

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Software Forensics Tools Enter the Courtroom

As litigation over software in the United States and elsewhere has skyrocketed, automatic software forensics tools that can quickly and accurately uncover illicit...

From ACM TechNews

Virginia Tech Is Building an Artificial America in a Supercomputer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University researchers have created a virtual America, modeling the lives of approximately 100 million Americans, using...
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