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3 Questions on Killer Robots
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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
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

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...

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game
From ACM News

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game

We have self-driving cars, knowledgeable digital assistants, and software capable of putting names to faces as well as any expert.

Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...

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.

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You
From ACM Careers

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You

A Canadian startup is working to make monsters, fish, and other creatures seem to come alive inside a tabletop box.

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
From ACM News

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Internet of Dna
From ACM News

Internet of Dna

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

Magic Leap
From ACM News

Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

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.

The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day
From ACM TechNews

The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day

The Facebook page "the same photo of Toto Cutugno every day" has caught the attention of fans of the Italian singer, as well as researchers. 

Black Phosphorous—the Birth of a New Wonder Material
From ACM News

Black Phosphorous—the Birth of a New Wonder Material

In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with.

The Algorithm That Unscrambles Fractured Images
From ACM News

The Algorithm That Unscrambles Fractured Images

Take a hammer to a mirror and you will fracture the image it produces as well as the glass.

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers
From ACM News

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers

A new form of computer memory might help machines match the capabilities of the human brain when it comes to tasks such as interpreting images or video footage.

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence

The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine...

Robobrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots
From ACM News

Robobrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots

One of the most exciting changes influencing modern life is the ability to search and interact with information on a scale that has never been possible before.

Artificial Skin That Senses, and Stretches, Like the Real Thing
From ACM News

Artificial Skin That Senses, and Stretches, Like the Real Thing

Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there's no way for the wearer to tell if an...
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