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Not Your Father's Analog Computer
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Not Your Father's Analog Computer

Significant work is underway in analog computing in the context of machine learning, machine intelligence, and biomimetic circuits.

To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage
From ACM News

To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

For Fridtjof Nansen, 13 April 1895 started well.

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'Patchable' Hardware
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To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'Patchable' Hardware

The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.

What CMU's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching for Mexican Earthquake Survivors
From ACM TechNews

What CMU's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching for Mexican Earthquake Survivors

Researchers used their snake robots in search-and-rescue missions in Mexico City shortly after a major earthquake struck the region in September.

An Edible Actuator for Ingestible Robots
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An Edible Actuator for Ingestible Robots

Researchers recently unveiled a prototype for a soft, edible pneumatic actuator fabricated from gelatin, which can serve as a crucial mechanism for ingestible robots...

Improving K–12 Computer Science Education
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Improving K–12 Computer Science Education

Code.org estimates fewer than half of U.S. K-12 schools offer computer science courses, which a 2016 Google-Gallup survey elevates to 75% when accounting for after...

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.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google
From ACM TechNews

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google

Blossom is a social robot built from natural materials like cotton and wool.

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
From ACM Opinion

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

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.

Aussies Win Amazon Robotics Challenge
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Aussies Win Amazon Robotics Challenge

Team ACRV, from the Australian Center for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology, won the final combined task in Amazon's 2017 Robotics Challenge...

Robots Could Act as Ethical Mediators Between Patients and Caregivers
From ACM TechNews

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...

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition
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Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
From ACM TechNews

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation
From ACM TechNews

EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation

The European Union is underwriting the roBot for Autonomous unDerGround trenchless opERations, mapping, and navigation (BADGER) project.

UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset
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UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

A University of California, Berkeley professor has announced the release of a massive dataset for Dex-Net 2.0.

A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures
From ACM TechNews

A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures

Researchers think the field of merging quantum computing with machine learning may soon be ripe for commercialization.
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