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

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.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own
From ACM News

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

Teaching Kids Coding, By the Book
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Teaching Kids Coding, By the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

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....

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
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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...

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.

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...

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

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...

Is China Outsmarting America in A.i.?
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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...

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.

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 ...

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?
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

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.

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

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...

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...
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