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Protecting Industrial Control Systems
From Communications of the ACM

Protecting Industrial Control Systems

Finding, and plugging, the security holes in SCADA.

The Edge of Computational Photography
From Communications of the ACM

The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

Ethics in Technology Jobs
From Communications of the ACM

Ethics in Technology Jobs

Employees are increasingly challenging technology companies on their ethical choices.

Electronics Need Rare Earths
From Communications of the ACM

Electronics Need Rare Earths

Demand is expected to spike over the next few years, leading to higher prices and international trade issues.

Technologizing Agriculture
From Communications of the ACM

Technologizing Agriculture

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

Technology for the Deaf
From Communications of the ACM

Technology for the Deaf

Why aren't better assistive technologies available for those communicating using ASL?

Borders in the Cloud
From Communications of the ACM

Borders in the Cloud

New data protection laws raise questions about whether certain jurisdictions are trying to thwart the ability of foreign governments to obtain data on their citizens...

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games
From Communications of the ACM

3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games

A variety of techniques allow sensors to locate and recognize objects in space.

The Construction Industry in the 21st Century
From Communications of the ACM

The Construction Industry in the 21st Century

Three-dimensional printing and other new technologies are revitalizing the business of building buildings.

Autonomous Construction Vehicles Are Building the Future
From ACM News

Autonomous Construction Vehicles Are Building the Future

Self-operated construction vehicles will gain traction long before self-driving cars.

Parallel Computational Thinking
From Communications of the ACM

Parallel Computational Thinking

Applications must be programmed to process instructions in parallel to take full advantage of the new multicore processors.

3D-Printing Human Body Parts
From Communications of the ACM

3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

The Effectiveness of Coding Camps
From ACM News

The Effectiveness of Coding Camps

Do coding schools really get you working faster, with better pay, than college computer science courses?

Teaching Computational Thinking Sooner
From ACM News

Teaching Computational Thinking Sooner

Are there benefits to teaching computational thinking to preschoolers?

AI in Contact Centers
From Communications of the ACM

AI in Contact Centers

Artificial intelligence technologies are being deployed to improve the customer service experience.

Cuny Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to Nyc Students
From ACM News

Cuny Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to Nyc Students

A City University of New York program helps public school students learn science and math, and provides them with role models.

Bionics in Competition
From Communications of the ACM

Bionics in Competition

Developers of innovative assistive devices compete as a means of networking with each other.

Financing the Dark Web
From Communications of the ACM

Financing the Dark Web

Cryptocurrencies are enabling illegal or immoral transactions in the dark corners of the Internet.

It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data
From Communications of the ACM

It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data

In risk assessment and predictive policing, biased data can yield biased results.
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