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A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
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A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
From ACM Careers

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
From ACM TechNews

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial...

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves
From ACM News

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves

At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave like humans. But sometimes,...

How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
From ACM News

How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.

Gene Editing for 'Designer Babies'? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say
From ACM News

Gene Editing for 'Designer Babies'? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo, is it time to panic?

Cars Suck Up Data About You. Where Does It All Go?
From ACM News

Cars Suck Up Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you...

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
From ACM Careers

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
From ACM TechNews

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030
From ACM News

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
From ACM Careers

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA
From ACM TechNews

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

A video clip of a galloping horse, one of the first motion pictures ever made, is now also the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where...

Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries
From ACM News

Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries

The attack had the hallmarks of something researchers had dreaded for years: malicious software using artificial intelligence that could lead to a new digital arms...

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
From ACM News

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
From ACM News

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data
From ACM News

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data

Spoiler alert: If you wish to continue enjoying gargantuan home runs in the future with unspoiled pleasure, free of all polynomial equations, read no further. If...

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
From ACM Careers

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools...

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
From ACM News

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
From ACM News

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS
From ACM News

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...
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