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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...

Robot Cars Can't Count on Us in an Emergency
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Robot Cars Can't Count on Us in an Emergency

Many automotive technologists are skeptical that autonomous cars will be able to trust humans in emergency situations.

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
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The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
From ACM News

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?
From ACM Careers

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence...

What Self-Driving Cars See
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What Self-Driving Cars See

Giant tech companies are fighting over the technology in court. Start-ups around the world are racing to develop new versions of it. And engineers say it is essential...

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI
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Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM News

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.
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