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Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook
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Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook

A team of researchers has developed a machine-vision algorithm that can identify and highlight beautiful images.

Microsoft’s Hololens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room
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Microsoft’s Hololens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room

Demonstrations of augmented-reality displays typically involve tricking you into seeing animated content such as monsters and robots that aren’t really there.

Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations
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Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations

Computer scientists have long known that evolution is an algorithmic process that has little to do with the nature of the beasts it creates.

The Machine Vision Algorithm Beating Art Historians at Their Own Game
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The Machine Vision Algorithm Beating Art Historians at Their Own Game

Recent advances in machine learning such as deep convolutional neural networks are enabling the development of machines that perform pattern-recognition tasks. 

Can We Identify Every Kind of Cell in the Body?
From ACM News

Can We Identify Every Kind of Cell in the Body?

How many types of cells are there in the human body? Textbooks say a couple of hundred. But the true number is undoubtedly far larger.

Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition
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Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition

Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving software more power...

Even Robots Now Have Their Own Virtual World
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Even Robots Now Have Their Own Virtual World

In a month's time, a motley assortment of robots will attempt to navigate a punishing obstacle course laid out in a fairground park in Pomona, California.

A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips
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A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips

Memristors, exotic electronic devices only confirmed to exist in 2008, have been used to create a chip that borrows design points from the brain.

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

Researchers have separated human voices from the background in a wide range of songs using some of the latest advances associated with deep neural networks. 

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
From ACM News

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

The cocktail party effect is the ability to focus on a specific human voice while filtering out other voices or background noise.

Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test With Nepal Earthquake
From ACM TechNews

Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test With Nepal Earthquake

A group of volunteer "digital humanitarians" is using an experimental Web platform to crowdsource rumor verification following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal...

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password
From ACM News

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Before you read this story, try to answer the following question: Who was the first person to text you today?

White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology...

How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter
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How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter

Back in the 1880s, the American astronomer Simon Newcomb noticed something strange about the book of logarithmic tables in his library—the earlier pages were much...

3 Questions on Killer Robots
From ACM Opinion

3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients
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Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients

Sending pulses of electricity through the brain via implanted electrodes—a procedure known as deep brain stimulation—can relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's and...

Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms
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Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the...

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision
From ACM News

Metamaterial Radar May Improve Car and Drone Vision

Plenty of people play with small drone aircraft in their backyards these days.

Toolkits For the Mind
From ACM Opinion

Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Probing the Whole Internet For Weak Spots
From ACM TechNews

Probing the Whole Internet For Weak Spots

When the FREAK encryption flaw was uncovered in early March, a team of researchers used a special tool to scan the entire Internet to identify vulnerable websites...
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