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Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think
From ACM Opinion

Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think

"I've never loved anyone the way I've loved you," swoons Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie Her.

Best Microscope Photos of the Year Bring Tiny, Amazing Worlds to Light
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Best Microscope Photos of the Year Bring Tiny, Amazing Worlds to Light


How Ios 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design
From ACM Opinion

How Ios 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

You probably feel strongly about iOS 7.

The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next
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The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next

If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool...

MIT Whiz Wants to Turn Your Skin Into a Computer Interface
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MIT Whiz Wants to Turn Your Skin Into a Computer Interface

According to Lynette Jones, a senior research scientist in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, your skin has about as many sensory receptors as your eyeballs...

This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds
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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.

The Secret War
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The Secret War

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

'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains
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'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains

Chinese search giant Baidu has served up its first ever visual search engine, which allows users to finally query the web using only images as input instead of...

Hacking the Drone War's Secret History
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Hacking the Drone War's Secret History

In 2008 U.S. troops in Iraq discovered that Shi’ite insurgents had figured out how to tap and record video feeds from overhead American drones. Now you too can...

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os
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New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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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...

Bioengineers Build Open Source Language For Programming Cells
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Bioengineers Build Open Source Language For Programming Cells

Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body.

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

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

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

This Amazing 3d Desktop Was Born at Microsoft
From ACM News

This Amazing 3d Desktop Was Born at Microsoft

The history of computer revolutions will show a logical progression from the Mac to the iPad to something like this SpaceTop 3D desktop, if computer genius Jinha...

How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain
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How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain

When Google built the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, the Web giant made some big changes to the way the OS interprets your voice commands...

Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces
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Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces

Your first experience with haptics was probably your phone vibrating in your pocket.

 DARPA Wants Teeny-Tiny Fluids to Cool Down Next-Gen Microchips
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DARPA Wants Teeny-Tiny Fluids to Cool Down Next-Gen Microchips

The Pentagon's mad scientists have concocted a plan to keep the miniature, stacked brains of tomorrow's advanced computers cool enough to power next-gen technological...

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook
From ACM Opinion

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook

Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to...
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