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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
From ACM Opinion

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p
From ACM Careers

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
From ACM News

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station
From ACM TechNews

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

An artificially intelligent robot was launched to the International Space Station last week to assist with scientific experiments.

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
From ACM News

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?
From ACM News

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?

Google's artificial-intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human when it calls the salon to book a woman's hair appointment.

Pentagon Kicks Off Competition for Multibillion-Dollar Cloud-Computing Contract
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Pentagon Kicks Off Competition for Multibillion-Dollar Cloud-Computing Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense needs to upgrade its often-antiquated technology as a matter of urgent national security, and Pentagon leaders insist the program...

These Provocative Images Show Russian Trolls Sought to Inflame Debate Over Climate Change, Fracking and Dakota Pipeline
From ACM News

These Provocative Images Show Russian Trolls Sought to Inflame Debate Over Climate Change, Fracking and Dakota Pipeline

Russian trolls used Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to inflame U.S. political debate over energy policy and climate change, a finding that underscores how the Russian...

Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 
From ACM News

Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 

Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy agreement caught his eye.

Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 
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Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 

The Pentagon is increasingly focused on the notion that the might of U.S. forces will be measured as much by the advancement of their algorithms as by the ammunition...

Robots Could Soon Replace Nearly a Third of the U.s. Workforce
From ACM TechNews

Robots Could Soon Replace Nearly a Third of the U.s. Workforce

The growth of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the U.S. to find new jobs by 2030, according to a new McKinsey Global Institute study.

How the Pentagon Is Preparing For the Coming Drone Wars
From ACM News

How the Pentagon Is Preparing For the Coming Drone Wars

More than a decade after the improvised explosive device became the scourge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is battling another relatively rudimentary...

Texas Gunman's Iphone Could Reignite Fbi-Apple Feud Over Encryption
From ACM News

Texas Gunman's Iphone Could Reignite Fbi-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting,...

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
From ACM News

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads
From ACM News

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters
From ACM News

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook...

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife
From ACM News

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

One of the Russian-bought advertisements that Facebook shared with congressional investigators on Monday featured photographs of an armed black woman "dry firing"...

U.s. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
From ACM News

U.s. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

How Apple Is Bringing US Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not
From ACM News

How Apple Is Bringing US Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not

A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology...
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