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Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve
From ACM News

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve

The mind-reading headsets won't read minds.

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.
From ACM TechNews

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.

Researchers have developed a rotary actuated dodecahedron sampler, a device for studying soft sea creatures such as jellyfish or squid in their natural habitats...

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State
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Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into...

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War
From ACM News

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
From ACM News

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras
From ACM News

Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.
From ACM TechNews

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

U.K. researchers have created a virtual reality environment that allows biochemists studying a molecule to perform tasks nearly 10 times faster than on a screen...

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.
From ACM News

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

There was a time when biochemists had a lot in common with sculptors.

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants
From ACM News

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants

Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. It could be just what Wall...

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes
From ACM Careers

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes

For Anthony Nighswander, rock-bottom unemployment is both a headache and an opportunity. For businesses and workers, it could be the key to reversing one of the...

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
From ACM News

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...

In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You
From ACM News

In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

The camera perched above the bus stop sends back a continuous feed from the corner of 16th Avenue and South 18th Street in Newark's West Ward.

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81
From ACM Careers

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Samuel F. Dabney, an electrical engineer who laid the groundwork for the modern video game industry as a co-founder of Atari and helped create the hit console game...

Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous ­ber Car's Fatal Crash
From ACM Careers

Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous ­ber Car's Fatal Crash

More than a second before a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in March, the vehicle's computer system determined it needed to brake...

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
From ACM News

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns
From ACM TechNews

How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature's Mysterious Patterns

Mathematician and cryptologist Alan Turing was also a naturalist who used math to explain patterns in nature.

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local ­niversities
From ACM News

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local ­niversities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
From ACM News

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an...

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture
From ACM TechNews

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

Researchers have programmed a robot to assemble an Ikea chair.

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found
From ACM News

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic...
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