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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.

Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending
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Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

Companies are dedicating increasing amounts of money to digital defenses in an effort to stop the spread of malware.

U.K. Digital Health Infrastructure Is Stepping Up
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U.K. Digital Health Infrastructure Is Stepping Up

Developments in the public and private sectors put the U.K. on the cusp of critical advances in helping people get healthier through digital tools.

In Memoriam Peter T. Kirstein: 1933-2020
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In Memoriam Peter T. Kirstein: 1933-2020

Kirstein often was recognized as the 'father of the European Internet.'

Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People
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Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People

Artificial intelligence startups are marketing images of computer-generated faces created without the use of actual people.

A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now
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A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now

A glitch connected to the Y2K bug addressed two decades ago is crashing payment systems and computers, due to a poor fix.

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Robotic Device Helps Spine Injury Patients Sit More Comfortably
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Robotic Device Helps Spine Injury Patients Sit More Comfortably

Columbia University researchers have built a robotic device to assist and train people with spinal cord injuries to sit with greater stability, which could help...

White House Proposes Guidelines for Regulating Use of AI
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White House Proposes Guidelines for Regulating Use of AI

The Trump administration is proposing new federal rules for regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the private sector.

Message from the ACM President Regarding Open Access
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Message from the ACM President Regarding Open Access

ACM is committed to a sustainable future where all peer-reviewed scholarly articles will be Open Access.

Demanding the Truth
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Demanding the Truth

The role of social media in stopping fake news.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test
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5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test

Users of 5G services say the first implementation of the next-generation network technology in South Korea has fallen short of expectations.

Donald Knuth on Algorithms, Complexity, and The Art of Computer Programming
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Donald Knuth on Algorithms, Complexity, and The Art of Computer Programming

Computer scientist Donald Knuth discusses Alan Turing, neural networks, machine learning, and other topics from ant colonies and human cognition.

Silicon Valley's Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson
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Silicon Valley's Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will soon have 20,000 workers in New York City, many in offices on the West Side.

Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather
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Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather

Netherlands-based location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to films of traffic in Berlin, Istanbul...

People Too Trusting of Virtual Assistants
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People Too Trusting of Virtual Assistants

Researchers have found that people tend to share increasingly more with online agents because of their tendency to assign them personalities and physical features...

On University of Texas at Dallas' Growing Campus, Meal-Delivering Robots Make Splashy Debut
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On University of Texas at Dallas' Growing Campus, Meal-Delivering Robots Make Splashy Debut

A fleet of cooler-shaped autonomous robots has started delivering snacks and meals at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Chuck Peddle's $25 Microprocessor Ignited Computer Market
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Chuck Peddle's $25 Microprocessor Ignited Computer Market

Engineer led team whose cheap device, launched in 1975, made desktop machines affordable.
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