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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's ­sing AR
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Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's ­sing AR

Starting in July, customers in any Nike retail store in the U.S. can have their feet scanned to learn exactly what shoe size they need, in any style Nike makes....

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle
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A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A self-taught Belgian programmer has solved a puzzle required to open a 1999 time capsule at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The ­ncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
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The ­ncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

Machine Learning Can ­se Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws
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Machine Learning Can ­se Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws

At the endless booths of this week's RSA security trade show in San Francisco, an overflowing industry of vendors will offer any visitor an ad nauseam array of...

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe
From ACM News

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away
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How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away

I am but a babe, exploring the world for the first time. Wearing a computerized glove, I reach forward in pursuit of a little toy basketball.

How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery
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Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights...

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fire is chaos. Fire doesn't care what it destroys or who it kills—it spreads without mercy, leaving total destruction in its wake, as California's Camp and Woolsey...

Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes
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Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes

A specially equipped Sikorsky helicopter can be controlled through a handheld tablet, and learning to pilot it can take as little as 45 minutes. 

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate
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Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate

In 2015, the U.S. Naval Academy decided that its graduates needed to return to the past and learn how to navigate using the stars.

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
From ACM News

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events

Last week, as thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan...

Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues
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Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues

Evolution is a trip. On the one hand, it's a seemingly simple mechanism—those best fitted to their environment have more babies, while less fit individuals don't...

Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?
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Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials....

These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos, for Now
From ACM News

These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos, for Now

For weeks, computer scientist Siwei Lyu had watched his team's deepfake videos with a gnawing sense of unease.

The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans
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The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans

Philip K. Dick was living a few miles north of San Francisco when he wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which envisioned a world where artificially intelligent...

How Russian Spies Infiltrated Hotel Wi-Fi to Hack Victims ­p Close
From ACM News

How Russian Spies Infiltrated Hotel Wi-Fi to Hack Victims ­p Close

For years, the Kremlin's increasingly aggressive hackers have reached across the globe to hit targets with everything from simple phishing schemes to worms built...

Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking
From ACM News

Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking

When apps want to access data from your smartphone's motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear.
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