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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


The Secret War
From ACM News

The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap
From ACM News

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

Andrew Ng wants to bring deep learning—an emerging computer science field that seeks to mimic the human brain with hardware and software into the DIY era.

China Could Supplant U.S. as the Supercomputing Superpower
From ACM News

China Could Supplant U.S. as the Supercomputing Superpower

Two weeks ago, Jack Dongarra flew to Changsha, China for a meeting with researchers at the National University of Defense Technology, home to the country's top...

Laws of Physics Say Quantum Cryptography Is Unhackable. It’s Not
From ACM TechNews

Laws of Physics Say Quantum Cryptography Is Unhackable. It’s Not

Quantum cryptography can theoretically encrypt a message in a way that can't be hacked, but even quantum cryptography systems can fail. 

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds
From ACM TechNews

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

A new program called Plan X is designed to facilitate cyberwarfare executed in a manner similar to playing a video game. 

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds
From ACM News

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

The target computer is picked. The order to strike has been given. All it takes is a finger swipe and a few taps of the touchscreen, and the cyberattack is prepped...

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
From ACM Opinion

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet
From ACM TechNews

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet

Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf has been working on an interplanetary Internet, with protocols capable of handling a space environment...

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
From ACM Opinion

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...

Smoke Color Is Key Clue to Analyzing Boston Marathon Bombs
From ACM News

Smoke Color Is Key Clue to Analyzing Boston Marathon Bombs

As a team of investigators led by the FBI begins deciphering the bombs that killed three people and wounded 150 more in Boston this week, a key clue is already...

'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley
From ACM News

'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley

It doesn't look like much.

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past
From ACM News

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past

In Issac Asimov's classic science fiction saga Foundation, mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.

How Google Remade the Computer Science Researcher
From ACM News

How Google Remade the Computer Science Researcher

John Wilkes spent a year negotiating his move to Google, and when he finally agreed to join the company, he still didn’t know what he’d be working on.

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It
From ACM Opinion

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It

Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration...

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store
From ACM Opinion

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.

How the Science of Swarms Can Help ­s Fight Cancer and Predict the Future
From ACM News

How the Science of Swarms Can Help ­s Fight Cancer and Predict the Future

The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked into the Oxford lab where he kept his locusts was the smell, like a stale barn full of old hay.

The Future of the Internet Is Still Ads—and You're the Inventory
From ACM News

The Future of the Internet Is Still Ads—and You're the Inventory

Ads pay for the Internet, or at least for what most of us do online.

10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter
From ACM Careers

10 Companies Chasing Innovations That Really Matter

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin faced some flak recently when he announced he was starting a new company in the already crowded field of digital payments.

Studies Expose Gender Bias in Tech Job Listings
From ACM TechNews

Studies Expose Gender Bias in Tech Job Listings

A series of studies has found a subtle gender bias in the way companies word job listings in fields such as engineering and programming. 

The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order
From ACM Opinion

The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order

In April 2003, British and U.S. researchers declared the Human Genome Project complete.
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