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Google and Facebook Race to Solve the Ancient Game of Go With AI
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Google and Facebook Race to Solve the Ancient Game of Go With AI

Although software designed to play standard board games can now dominate even the best human players, the ancient game of Go has proven a much trickier challenge...

Star Wars Characters Will Now Teach Your Kids to Code
From ACM TechNews

Star Wars Characters Will Now Teach Your Kids to Code

In an effort to bring coding to an ever-larger group of kids and students, Code.org partnered with Lucasfilm as part of its annual Hour of Code event.

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself
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Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself

Margaret Hamilton wasn't supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon.

Github Open Sources a Tool That Teaches Students to Code
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Github Open Sources a Tool That Teaches Students to Code

GitHub, which has long been a fixture of the coding world, increasingly is becoming an integral part of coding education. 

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire
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Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google's Online Empire

Three-and-a-half years ago, a strange computing device appeared at an office building in the tiny farmland town of Shelby, Iowa.

Mit's Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp
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Mit's Humanoid Robot Goes to Robot Boot Camp

As Russ Tedrake flings up the garage door to the dusty MIT lab, light whooshes in, revealing a 360-pound humanoid robot hanging from a rope.

So, Arkansas Is Leading the Learn to Code Movement
From ACM TechNews

So, Arkansas Is Leading the Learn to Code Movement

Arkansas took the lead in pushing computer science in schools last month when it passed a law requiring all public and charter schools to offer computer science...

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
From ACM News

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.

How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution
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How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is...

A Googler's Quest to Teach Machines How to ­nderstand Emotions
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A Googler's Quest to Teach Machines How to ­nderstand Emotions

Quoc Le sees the world as a series of numbers.

The $11m Tool That Could Help Computers Write Their Own Code
From ACM News

The $11m Tool That Could Help Computers Write Their Own Code

Nowadays, if you start typing something into Google, it tries to guess what you’re looking for.

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the Nba Changed Basketball Forever
From ACM News

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the Nba Changed Basketball Forever

As a kid, Kirk Goldsberry was a rabid basketball fan. But this was the 1980s, and living near Penn State meant his house wasn't quite close enough to Philadelphia...

This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games
From ACM Careers

This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore.

Hackers Gather For Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim
From ACM Careers

Hackers Gather For Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim

Locked Shields is among the world's preeminent cyber attack simulations.

The Physics of Fake Videos
From ACM News

The Physics of Fake Videos

Was that awesome video real or fake? How could you tell?

Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation
From ACM News

Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they're going to be called: the Touchscreen Generation.

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
From ACM Opinion

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a ­i
From ACM News

This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a ­i

We've seen how kids take to touchscreens. To them, our unfathomably sophisticated smartphones and tablets are about as hard to figure out as a bucket full of blocks...

This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds
From ACM Careers

This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds

There was a time when Melody Meckfessel juggled two wardrobes: one for one Google, and one for the rest of her life.

Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data
From ACM News

Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data

Ram Sriharsha works in the engine room powering one of Silicon Valley's most influential companies. He’s an engineer at Yahoo.
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