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The False Science of Cryonics
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The False Science of Cryonics

I woke up on Saturday to a heartbreaking front-page article in the New York Times about a terminally ill young woman who chooses to freeze her brain.

First Detailed Public Map of ­.s. Internet Backbone Could Make It Stronger
From ACM News

First Detailed Public Map of ­.s. Internet Backbone Could Make It Stronger

It may not look like much at first glance, but a map created by University of Wisconsin computer science professor Paul Barford and about a dozen colleagues took...

How International Monitors Spot Nukes and Other Rumblings
From ACM News

How International Monitors Spot Nukes and Other Rumblings

The ultimate nightmare for critics of the Iran nuclear deal being debated in Congress is that somehow, despite the agreement and all its built-in safeguards, Iran...

Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind

Robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing assistive robots to help visually impaired travelers navigate the smart cities of the future.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China
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How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China

IBM is testing a prototype computer system capable of learning to predict the severity of air pollution in different parts of Beijing.

­ber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision
From ACM TechNews

­ber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision

Uber is collaborating with the University of Arizona on a mapping and safety project for self-driving cars.

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
From ACM TechNews

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

A new tool could offer a way around censorship technologies enabled by repressive governments.

Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles
From ACM TechNews

Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles

European researchers have developed a robot that is learning to make pizzas and pancakes by reading through WikiHow's written directions. 

Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, ­npredictable Situations
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Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, ­npredictable Situations

Researchers at Harvard University and the State University of New York at Buffalo are developing robots able to function outside of ideal, predictable environments...

Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes
From ACM TechNews

Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a robot that can help people wash their dishes. 

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
From ACM News

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.

Securing Today's Data Against Tomorrow's Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Securing Today's Data Against Tomorrow's Quantum Computers

Microsoft researchers consider it vital for encryption upgrades to be developed now, to anticipate quantum computing's decryption potential.

This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere
From ACM TechNews

This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere

Kiran Garimella and colleagues at Aalto University in Finland say they have developed a more reliable way of spotting controversies in the Twitterstream in real...

A Programming Language For Robot Swarms
From ACM TechNews

A Programming Language For Robot Swarms

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal researchers have developed a programming language designed to govern the movements of heterogeneous robot swarms. 

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?
From ACM News

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?

An open letter calling for a ban on lethal weapons controlled by artificially intelligent machines was signed last week by thousands of scientists and technologists...

Flying Robots That Can See
From ACM News

Flying Robots That Can See

A tiny artificial eye inspired by the vision systems of insects could help small flying drones navigate their surroundings well enough to avoid collisions while...

Cars May Soon ­nderstand More of What You Say
From ACM TechNews

Cars May Soon ­nderstand More of What You Say

Many cars today now come with limited voice control, but more elaborate and robust systems could be coming to cars soon. 

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

Brown University researchers have developed an approach that enables robots to quickly determine the sequence of actions that will work in a particular environment...

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

The computer game Minecraft, which depicts a world made up of retro, pixelated blocks that can be modified and rearranged in endless architectural configurations...

Collaborative Photography App Allows Smartphones to Record 'bullet Time'
From ACM TechNews

Collaborative Photography App Allows Smartphones to Record 'bullet Time'

Anyone can now create "bullet-time" movies using collaborative photography techniques on their smartphones. 
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