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Catching Whisky Fakers
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Catching Whisky Fakers

Researchers across Europe are applying multiple methods to combat food and beverage counterfeiting.

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
From ACM News

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things
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How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things

Cyber criminals shut down parts of the Web in October 2016 by attacking the computers that serve as the internet's switchboard.

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?
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How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?

Intel Labs' Jim Clarke observes that the race to develop the first practical quantum computer is fraught with challenges.

How Twitter Bots Help Fuel Political Feuds
From ACM TechNews

How Twitter Bots Help Fuel Political Feuds

Researchers in the U.S. and China are studying a "misinformation network" related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Spot the Fake: Artificial Intelligence Can Produce Lifelike Photographs
From ACM News

Spot the Fake: Artificial Intelligence Can Produce Lifelike Photographs

Fraudulent images have been around for as long as photography itself. Take the famous hoax photos of the Cottingley fairies or the Loch Ness monster.

Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers
From ACM Opinion

Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers

Hundreds of gadget makers and software companies at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas are staking the success of their newest products...

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Researchers are using deep-learning convolutional neural networks to analyze retinal photos to predict a person's blood pressure, age, and smoking status.

The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy
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The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy

To participate in today's global economy, ordinary people must accept an asymmetrical bargain: their lives are transparent to states, banks and corporations, whereas...

Could AI Be the Future of Fake News and Product Reviews?
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Could AI Be the Future of Fake News and Product Reviews?

Researchers are experimenting with artificial intelligence-based techniques for automatically generating convincing online reviews, such as bogus restaurant critiques...

Ada Lovelace Day Honors 'the First Computer Programmer'
From ACM TechNews

Ada Lovelace Day Honors 'the First Computer Programmer'

Pioneering 19th-century English mathematician Ada Lovelace is honored on the second Tuesday of every October for her contributions to computer programming.

Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue
From ACM News

Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue

The ability to convert, or "reprogram" cells into other types has raised hopes for regenerating damaged limbs and organs. But existing methods are risky or inefficient...

Cryptographers and Geneticists ­nite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See
From ACM TechNews

Cryptographers and Geneticists ­nite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See

Stanford University cryptographer Dan Boneh and geneticist Gill Bejerano have developed a secure multiparty computation algorithm to discover disease-linked genetic...

Intelligence and the Dna Revolution
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Intelligence and the Dna Revolution

More than 60 years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid—better known as DNA. Today, for the cost...

The Imperfect Crime: How the Wannacry Hackers Could Get Nabbed
From ACM News

The Imperfect Crime: How the Wannacry Hackers Could Get Nabbed

When hackers unleashed the WannaCry "ransomware" in mid-May, not only did they wreak havoc on European hospitals, telecoms and railways, they also made off with...

Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI
From ACM News

Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI

When Jason Matheny joined the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as a program manager in 2009, he made a habit of chatting to the organization's...

Robots, Start Your Engines!
From ACM News

Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 
From ACM News

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
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20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
From ACM News

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...
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