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AI, Explain Yourself
From Communications of the ACM

AI, Explain Yourself

It is increasingly important to understand how artificial intelligence comes to a decision.

A New Movement in Seismology
From Communications of the ACM

A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
From ACM News

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Researchers ­nveil Tool to Track Disinformation on Social Media
From ACM News

Researchers ­nveil Tool to Track Disinformation on Social Media

Researchers released a new tool Wednesday to track how many stories posted on social media are coming from sources known to publish disinformation.

AS­ Team Wins AI Commentator Track of the KAIST World Cup 2018
From ACM TechNews

AS­ Team Wins AI Commentator Track of the KAIST World Cup 2018

Arizona State University's team won the artificial intelligence commentator track of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology AI World Cup 2018 competition...

VR Can Improve Performance During Exercise
From ACM TechNews

VR Can Improve Performance During Exercise

Researchers have found using virtual reality headsets while exercising reduced perception of pain and effort, while extending activity.

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?
From ACM Careers

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

To an untrained eye, USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization vying for attention in a crowded media landscape.

Floating Voxels Provide New Hope for 3D Displays
From Communications of the ACM

Floating Voxels Provide New Hope for 3D Displays

In search of holograms that can be viewed from any angle.

The Dangers of Automating Social Programs
From Communications of the ACM

The Dangers of Automating Social Programs

Is it possible to keep bias out of a social program driven by one or more algorithms?

AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human
From ACM TechNews

AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human

Improbotics is an artificial intelligence-based comedy theater that includes a human, a puppet, and a cyborg.

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data
From ACM News

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google...

The Outlook for Reality: Mixed
From ACM News

The Outlook for Reality: Mixed

Exploring new frontiers in augmented and virtual reality.

Lip-Syncing Thanks to Artificial Intelligence
From ACM TechNews

Lip-Syncing Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

A new system uses artificial intelligence to edit the facial expressions of actors in a film to accurately match dubbed voices.

How Trump Could Hurt Google
From ACM News

How Trump Could Hurt Google

President Donald Trump's Tuesday morning attack on Google for delivering "rigged" search results met with a swift denial from the company, but Trump's threat to...

Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Reality
From ACM TechNews

Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Reality

A next-generation virtual reality headset enables wearers to manipulate both real and virtual objects with tactile sensation.

AI Holds the Better Hand
From Communications of the ACM

AI Holds the Better Hand

Exploiting the techniques of game theory to come up with the superior poker hand.

Robotic Implants
From Communications of the ACM

Robotic Implants

Scientists are developing tiny medical machines that stretch the definition of the term "robot."

­ of T Experts ­se Deep Learning AI for Predictive Animation
From ACM TechNews

­ of T Experts ­se Deep Learning AI for Predictive Animation

Researchers used deep learning algorithms to improve software for the animation and gaming industry.

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
From ACM News

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
From ACM News

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...
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