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As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors
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As Silicon Valley Gets 'Crazy,' Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy," his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape...

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

The Disappearing American Grad Student
From ACM Careers

The Disappearing American Grad Student

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.
From ACM News

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car
From ACM TechNews

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car

Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
From ACM News

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce AI Talent
From ACM TechNews

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce AI Talent

With artificial intelligence expertise in short supply, artificial intelligence talent is commanding huge salaries from the largest technology companies.

Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad
From ACM News

Justices to Decide on Forcing Technology Firms to Provide Data Held Abroad

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether federal prosecutors can force technology companies to turn over data stored outside the United States. 

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.
From ACM News

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them.

Careers for Women in Technology Companies Are a Global Challenge
From ACM TechNews

Careers for Women in Technology Companies Are a Global Challenge

Gender bias in technology is a problem for women on both sides of the Atlantic, although the challenges and opportunities they face can differ due to political...

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets
From ACM News

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around...

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science
From ACM News

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do.

Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors
From ACM News

Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors

Late one night in September, Victor Cruz, a geophysicist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, submitted an article to a scientific journal describing progress...

Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin
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Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.

New Gravitational Wave Detection From Colliding Black Holes
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New Gravitational Wave Detection From Colliding Black Holes

In another step forward for the rapidly expanding universe of invisible astronomy, scientists said on Wednesday that on Aug. 14 they had recorded the space-time...

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes
From ACM News

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building...

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains
From ACM News

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini
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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

For 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back captivating observations of Saturn, and its rings and moons, solving some mysteries but raising plenty of new...

Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96
From ACM News

Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96

Zadeh's theories of "fuzzy logic" rippled across academia and industry.

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
From ACM News

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.
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