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Farmworker vs Robot
From ACM News

Farmworker vs Robot

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic...

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles
From ACM TechNews

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

New predictive analytics technologies are helping researchers protect turtles, albatrosses, whales, and other endangered species from fishermen.

Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.
From ACM News

Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.

Slowly and silently, they glide across the floor wearing bright yellow dresses that look as though they were plucked from a haunted 1920s boarding school.

New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects ­sing Rays of Light
From ACM TechNews

New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects ­sing Rays of Light

Researchers have created a three-dimensional printer that can generate whole objects at once, instead of printing them layer by layer.

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight
From ACM TechNews

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations
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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.
From ACM News

The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.

The U-boat seems to loom out of the blackness, careening to starboard, as if to avoid a collision.

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
From ACM Careers

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
From ACM News

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. 
From ACM News

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...
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