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Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy
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Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy

Somewhere in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing.

Now You Can Play Angry Birds ­sing a Touch-Sensitive Second Skin
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Now You Can Play Angry Birds ­sing a Touch-Sensitive Second Skin

Researchers have developed a transparent, stretchable, wearable touchpad that enables users to control apps and games.

Expensive Drones Take Flying Lessons from Cheaper Stunt Doubles
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Expensive Drones Take Flying Lessons from Cheaper Stunt Doubles

Some of the best lessons come from the school of hard knocks. But some kit is too delicate or expensive to be subjected to this.

Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse
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Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse

Researchers are working to automate the detection of harassment, but one says humans do not agree on what constitutes harassment.

Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data
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Libraries of Plastic Molecules Could Store Huge Amounts of Data

One day your hard drive could just be a pile of plastic. Researchers have coded a word into short chains of plastic molecules, which could be used as a space-saving...

AI Reads Your Tweets and Spots When You're Being Sarcastic
From ACM TechNews

AI Reads Your Tweets and Spots When You're Being Sarcastic

Researchers at the University of Lisbon have developed a machine learning system that can identify sarcasm on Twitter by examining a user's past tweets.

Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data
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Crystal Mimics Brain Cell to Sift Through Giant Piles of Data

There's nothing quite like the human brain. Today, researchers at IBM unveiled their latest attempt to mimic it: an artificial neuron that switches between crystal...

Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build
From ACM News

Now You See Me: True Invisibility Cloak Impossible to Build

Strike the invisibility cloak off your wish list. They are impossible to build for human-sized objects, says a new study.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3d Maps as It Flies
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Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3d Maps as It Flies

When you're buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps as they fly...

Error Fix For Long-Lived Qubits Brings Quantum Computers Nearer
From ACM TechNews

Error Fix For Long-Lived Qubits Brings Quantum Computers Nearer

Researchers at Yale University have achieved a 20-fold increase in quantum bit lifetime.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
From ACM News

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet search giant, has shown just what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories
From ACM TechNews

Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories

An augmented reality "IT help desk" could allow factories to identify and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems.

Robot Eyes and Humans Fix on Different Things to Decode a Scene
From ACM TechNews

Robot Eyes and Humans Fix on Different Things to Decode a Scene

Researchers are determining the differences between human minds and artificial intelligence-based machines by mapping human and AI visual attention.

AI Just Got a Big Boost in Its Ability to ­nderstand the News
From ACM TechNews

AI Just Got a Big Boost in Its Ability to ­nderstand the News

Stanford University researchers say they have developed an algorithm that outperforms Google's DeepMind in reading and understanding written content.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

At least one U.S. bank has started supplying its customers with credit and debit cards that contain a physically unclonable function. 

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM News

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

The Pipes Powering the Internet Are Nearly Full--What Do We Do?
From ACM TechNews

The Pipes Powering the Internet Are Nearly Full--What Do We Do?

The optical fibers that transmit data throughout the Internet have almost reached their capacity limits.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
From ACM TechNews

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence...
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