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How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread
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How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of several dozen teams enlisted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adapt their annual...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
From ACM News

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
From ACM News

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything
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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.

Building Tomorrow's Robots
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Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning
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Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning

Apple says the inclusion of its Face ID technology in the upcoming iPhone X will make smartphone unlocking, payment, and other operations possible via facial recognition...

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
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First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society.

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
From ACM News

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

China Turns Big Data Into Big BrotherĀ 
From ACM News

China Turns Big Data Into Big BrotherĀ 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can
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Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can

Google's latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader
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Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader

When Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to help the FBI get into a mass murderer's iPhone last winter, he was hailed for his boldness in fighting the government on ...

Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration
From ACM News

Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration

The blockish and slightly dorky computer game Minecraft may turn out to be a great place for humans and AI to learn how to work together.

Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes
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Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes

In an effort to make eye tracking cheap, compact, and accurate enough to be included in smartphones, a group of researchers is crowdsourcing the collection of gaze...

Mobile Phone Records Reveal Largest Gathering in the History of Humanity
From ACM News

Mobile Phone Records Reveal Largest Gathering in the History of Humanity

Mobile phones have revolutionized the way scientists study human behavior, allowing them to watch people on a scale that has never been previously imagined.

Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?
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Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?

When social-media users upload photographs and caption them, they don't just label their contents. They tell a story, which gives the photos context and additional...

How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon
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How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon

Shortly after walking through the front doors of Baidu in Beijing last November, I was surprised to notice that my face had transformed into that of a cheerful-­looking...

Pentagon Hackers Are Waging America’s First Cyberwar
From ACM News

Pentagon Hackers Are Waging America’s First Cyberwar

U.S. politicians have long threatened America's enemies with tanks, planes, submarines, and nuclear missiles. Last week defense secretary Ashton Carter leveled...

Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password
From ACM News

Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password

Rather than painstakingly typing in passwords on your smartphone, you may eventually just swipe a shape or other pattern on its display to authenticate yourself...
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