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In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores
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In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

Amy Furman, a seventh-grade English teacher here, roams among 31 students sitting at their desks or in clumps on the floor. They're studying Shakespeare's "As...

A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar
From ACM Opinion

A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar

When the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006, there was understandable concern that the media conglomerate that drove...

The First Computer Musician
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The First Computer Musician

In 1957 a 30-year-old engineer named Max Mathews got an I.B.M. 704 mainframe computer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, to generate 17 seconds...

In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers
From ACM News

In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

Deep into one of her favorite computer games, Lesly Lopez, 10, moves her mouse to click on a cartoon bee. She drags and drops it into an empty panel, creating...

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Busy Job of Judging Video-Game Content to Be Ceded to Machines

The little E's, T's, and M's that appear on the covers of video games get there the old-fashioned way: People working for the Entertainment Software Rating Board...

New Search Technology Is Enhanced With Videos
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New Search Technology Is Enhanced With Videos

The line between cyberspace and the physical world is blurring with a new search technology being demonstrated by Autonomy, a British software publisher.

Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps
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Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps

If you have a smartphone, you probably have apps on it to check the news, play games, help with shopping or further a hobby like travel or bird-watching. But...

On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural
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On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural

In the end, the humans on "Jeopardy!" surrendered meekly.

From ACM Opinion

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

In the category "What Do You Know?," for $1 million: This four-year-old upstart the size of a small R.V. has digested 200 million pages of data about everything...

Perfecting Animation, via Science
From ACM News

Perfecting Animation, via Science

Eitan Grinspun, the director of Columbia University’s Computer Graphics Group, doesn't quite qualify as hairdresser to the stars.

From ACM News

I.b.m. Supercomputer 'watson' to Challenge 'jeopardy' Stars

An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz...

Where Cinema and Biology Meet
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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.

From ACM News

With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer

Tim Nichols measures fun. A slim, 32-year-old psychologist, he spends his days behind a one-way mirror at Microsoft’s video games research center here, watching...

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To Win Over Users, Gadgets Have to Be Touchable

Whoever said technology was dehumanizing was wrong. On screens everywhere—cellphones, e-readers, A.T.M.’s—as Diana Ross sang, we just want to reach out and touch...

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...

To Pack a Stadium, Provide Video Better Than Tv
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To Pack a Stadium, Provide Video Better Than Tv

How do you keep football fans as regular visitors to stadiums when the television coverage of every play is so good?

Did a Speeding Car Just Jump Out of My Cellphone?
From ACM News

Did a Speeding Car Just Jump Out of My Cellphone?

Smartphones are getting smarter. Now some new models even offer games or television broadcasts in three dimensions—and you don’t need special glasses to see the...

Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More
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Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More

When the San Francisco Giants noticed a sudden surge in ticket sales for the team’s Memorial Day game with the Colorado Rockies, they did something seemingly more...

Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones
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Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

It might be hard to imagine watching "The Office" on a screen no bigger than a business card. But tens of thousands of people--by the most conservative estimate...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...
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