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Toolkits For the Mind
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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...

Engineering the Perfect Baby
From ACM News

Engineering the Perfect Baby

If anyone had devised a way to create a genetically engineered baby, I figured George Church would know about it.

Internet of Dna
From ACM News

Internet of Dna

Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence
From ACM Opinion

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.

Open Surveillance
From ACM TechNews

Open Surveillance

A new encrypted search system could enable law enforcement officials to collect data more openly without compromising investigations.

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
From ACM News

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

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

Town Built For Driverless Cars
From ACM News

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.

The Hidden World of Facebook "like Farms"
From ACM TechNews

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...

The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'
From ACM News

The Hidden World of Facebook 'like Farms'

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

Data Mining Reveals How Social Coding Succeeds (and Fails)
From ACM News

Data Mining Reveals How Social Coding Succeeds (and Fails)

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

Networked Home Gadgets Offer Hackers New Opportunities
From ACM TechNews

Networked Home Gadgets Offer Hackers New Opportunities

Connecting a new home appliance to a personal Wi-Fi network or broadband modem could increase the risk that data will be taken from other computers in the house...

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
From ACM News

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...

Technology Can Make Lawful Surveillance Both Open and Effective
From ACM TechNews

Technology Can Make Lawful Surveillance Both Open and Effective

New technology could enable law enforcement to identify people whose actions justify  investigation and demonstrate probable cause via an authorized electronic...

Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts
From ACM News

Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts

A study of malware operating on corporate and government networks suggests that the communication patterns of these programs could warn of major conflicts.

The Growing Threat of Network-Based Steganography
From ACM TechNews

The Growing Threat of Network-Based Steganography

Researchers have uncovered Duqu, an unusual form of steganography-based malware that embeds itself in Microsoft Windows machines.

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?
From ACM News

How Can a Civilian Plane Accidentally Be Shot Down?

Pro-Russian separatists may have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday because they mistook the civilian plane for something else...

Can Software Make Health Data More Private?
From ACM TechNews

Can Software Make Health Data More Private?

New software could give people more control over how their personal health information is shared between doctors and medical institutions. 

Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them
From ACM TechNews

Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them

Researchers have developed machine-learning software that can identify crowdturfing, a term for falsifying one's popularity on social media sites. 

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race
From ACM News

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security.
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