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The Strange Rituals of Silicon Valley Intern Recruiting
From ACM Careers

The Strange Rituals of Silicon Valley Intern Recruiting

The Wozniak Lounge, located on the northern side of campus at the University of California, Berkeley, looks like it was decorated by engineers, to the extent that...

The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff
From ACM News

The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff

People love free stuff. That's the principle that helps explain the complicated series of privacy-related calculations that modern life increasingly requires.

What Does the Internet Actually Look Like?
From ACM News

What Does the Internet Actually Look Like?

It’s difficult to define "the cloud." Even more difficult, perhaps, is photographing it. But that's precisely what Peter Garritano set out to do with his photoThe...

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?
From ACM News

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?

The computer mouse, when it first went mainstream, was awkward to describe but easy to use.

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers
From ACM News

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

The race to bring driverless cars to the masses is only just beginning, but already it is a fight for the ages.

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks
From ACM News

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

There are people who stand every morning outside the Carroll Street station in Brooklyn staring dead-eyed into the middle distance.

After 10 Years, Google Books Is Legal
From ACM News

After 10 Years, Google Books Is Legal

On Friday, a federal circuit court made clear that Google Books is legal.

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy
From ACM News

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

In the Northern hemisphere's sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings outstretched in full flight, and Lyra, the...

If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy
From ACM Opinion

If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy

I knew we'd bought walnuts at the store that week, and I wanted to add some to my oatmeal.

What's Killing Mars?
From ACM News

What's Killing Mars?

The question of whether there is life on Mars is woven into a much larger thatch of mysteries. Among them: What happened to the ancient ocean that once covered...

Engineering Humans For War
From ACM News

Engineering Humans For War

Retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman recalls first learning about the "weakling of the battlefield" from reading S.L.A. Marshall, the U.S. Army combat historian...

Not Even the People Who Write Algorithms Really Know How They Work
From ACM TechNews

Not Even the People Who Write Algorithms Really Know How They Work

Not only are the algorithms that determine what people see on the Web — search results, status updates, or product recommendations — inscrutable to users, the...

Virtual Reality Gets Real
From ACM News

Virtual Reality Gets Real

In 1965, Ivan Sutherland, a computer-graphics pioneer, addressed an international meeting of techies on the subject of virtual reality.

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks
From ACM TechNews

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new algorithmic analysis technique can identify the disjointed patterns of speech considered a hallmark of schizophrenia.

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet
From ACM News

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but...

The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos
From ACM News

The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos

For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space.

The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams
From ACM News

The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams

One of the first electronic, programmable computers in the world is remembered today mostly by its nickname: Colossus.

Beware the Listening Machines
From ACM Opinion

Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

When Google Self-Driving Cars Are in Accidents, Humans Are to Blame
From ACM TechNews

When Google Self-Driving Cars Are in Accidents, Humans Are to Blame

Google says in six years its self-driving cars have been involved in only 12 minor accidents, all of which were the fault of humans. 

The ­nderwater Internet
From ACM News

The ­nderwater Internet

In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was built on Oahu’s west shore for...
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