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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.


When the Playroom Is the Computer
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When the Playroom Is the Computer

A block-shaped robot that seems to roll onto a computer screen is part of an educational-media system that gets kids out of their chairs.

Teaching Real-World Programming
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Teaching Real-World Programming

In an innovative software-engineering class, students meet for regular "code reviews" with senior programmers from Boston-area companies.

Faster Websites, More Reliable Data
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Faster Websites, More Reliable Data

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed TxCache, a database caching system that eliminates certain types of asymmetric data retrieval while...

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Multicore May Not Be So Scary

Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more "cores," or processing units, to computer chips.

First Improvement of Fundamental Algorithm in 10 Years
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First Improvement of Fundamental Algorithm in 10 Years

The max-flow problem, which is ubiquitous in network analysis, scheduling, and logistics, can now be solved more efficiently than ever.

Disembodied Performance
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Disembodied Performance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab professor Tod Machover has spent more than a decade inventing the technology for a new opera premiering in September...

Sizing Samples
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Sizing Samples

Many scientific disciplines use computers to infer patterns in data. But how much data is enough to ensure that the inferences are right?

The MIT Roots of Google
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The MIT Roots of Google

Google’s App Inventor, which lets people with no previous programming experience build applications for mobile phones, draws on decades of MIT research.

­nraveling the Matrix
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­nraveling the Matrix

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Gilbert Strang has developed a way to split certain types of matrices into simpler ones, which could help produce...

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
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Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

An Internet 100 Times As Fast
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An Internet 100 Times As Fast

A new network design that avoids the need to convert optical signals into electrical ones could boost capacity while reducing power consumption.

Toward the Semantic Web
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Toward the Semantic Web

The World Wide Web Consortium recently published the Rule Interchange Format, a new standard that should help bring the idea of the Semantic Web closer to reality...

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How the Brain Recognizes Objects

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's McGovern Institute of Brain Research have devised a computational model describing how the primate brain...

Machines That Learn Better
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Machines That Learn Better

New mathematics will make it much easier to build machine-learning systems that tackle a wider range of problems.

When Good Enough is Better
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When Good Enough is Better

MIT researchers have developed a system that automatically finds parts of computer code where accuracy can be traded for significant increases in speed. 

Mastering Multicore
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Mastering Multicore

MIT researchers have developed software that makes computer simulations of physical systems run more efficiently on multicore chips. 

Computing, Sudoku-Style
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Computing, Sudoku-Style

Though still in its infancy, the work of Alexey Radul as a postdoc at MIT could someday have consequences for artificial-intelligence research, parallel computing...

A Grand Unified Theory of AI
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A Grand Unified Theory of AI

MIT research scientist Noah Goodman has developed Church, a programming language that combines a rules-based artificial intelligence system with probabilistic inference...

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Context Is Ev . . . Well, Something, Anyway

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a way to improve object recognition systems by using information about their context. 

Sketch-Interpreting Software
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Sketch-Interpreting Software

A new system that lets people enter data into a tablet computer simply by drawing diagrams on the screen could lead to interactive whiteboards.
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