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China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack
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China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack

China is home to the world's largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination...

A Robot Revolution, This Time in China
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A Robot Revolution, This Time in China

Even a decade ago, car manufacturing in China was still a fairly low-tech, labor-intensive endeavor.

The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-size Worlds From Colliding
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The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1's 7 Earth-size Worlds From Colliding

In February, astronomers announced the discovery of a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets, and at least some of the planets seemed to be in a zone that could...

NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer
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NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a challenge to programmers to boost the performance of its Pleiades supercomputer.

Geniuses Wanted: NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer
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Geniuses Wanted: NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer

To improve the performance of one of the world's biggest supercomputers, NASA is crowdsourcing some new ideas about an old coding language. And there are cash prizes...

How to Prepare for an Automated Future
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How to Prepare for an Automated Future

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to ...

Sent to Prison by a Software Program's Secret Algorithms
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Sent to Prison by a Software Program's Secret Algorithms

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction...

In Europe's Election Season, Tech Vies to Fight Fake News
From ACM TechNews

In Europe's Election Season, Tech Vies to Fight Fake News

Scientists are attempting to counter a rash of fake news spreading online as European elections loom.

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87
From ACM News

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)
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Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101
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Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Huskey was a pioneering computer scientist who worked on early computing systems, and later helped universities around the world establish computer centers and...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
From ACM Careers

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
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Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Taylor had the idea that led to the Arpanet, the forerunner of the Internet.

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
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New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
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That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation
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A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
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Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...

Learning to Think Like a Computer
From ACM TechNews

Learning to Think Like a Computer

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.
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