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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.


Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data
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How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data

One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and...

Town Built For Driverless Cars
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Town Built For Driverless Cars

A mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars.

What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious
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What It Will Take For Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess "feel" anything?

Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology
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Obama's Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

The White House said that President Obama's BRAIN Initiative is generating interest from companies and philanthropies in a sign of what it calls a wider partnership...

Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones
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Radio Waves Offer Cheap Gesture Detection on Smartphones

A research project at the University of Washington shows a way to add gesture control to phones without requiring sophisticated new sensors.

The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"
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The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"

A new study systematically investigated the nature of so-called Facebook "like farms," services which will direct Facebook Likes to a given Facebook page for a...

Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming
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Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming

Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn't have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks.

The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'
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The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'

Facebook has become the advertising outlet of choice for many of the world’s businesses and companies.

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport
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How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously ­nknown Patterns in Sport

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams.

The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Back in the 16th century, a Spanish Benedictine monk called Pietro Ponce pioneered the seemingly magical art of lip reading.

Data Mining Reveals How Social Coding Succeeds (and Fails)
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Data Mining Reveals How Social Coding Succeeds (and Fails)

The process of developing software has undergone huge transformation in the last decade or so.

Google Glass Can Now Track Your Stress Level
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Google Glass Can Now Track Your Stress Level

Researchers say they have developed a new method for using Google Glass to track a user's stress level and provide instant fitness feedback. 

Fingerprinting Infants Helps Track Vaccinations in Developing Countries
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Fingerprinting Infants Helps Track Vaccinations in Developing Countries

Developing countries could be able to track pediatric vaccinations with greater accuracy using a fingerprint-scanning system. 

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging
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In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its sometimes cavalier...

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
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A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s...

The Emerging Pitfalls of Nowcasting With Big Data
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The Emerging Pitfalls of Nowcasting With Big Data

Search query data is very powerful but must be treated with some care and caution, says Google chief economist Hal Varian, speaking at a European Bank workshop. ...

How Yahoo Research Labs Studies Culture as a Formal Computational Concept
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How Yahoo Research Labs Studies Culture as a Formal Computational Concept

Yahoo Labs researchers aim to achieve a truly computational understanding of human society by analyzing the links that form on social networks. 

Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses
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Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses

New display technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person's actual vision prescription.
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