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Lawmakers Seek to Expand Repair Options
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Lawmakers Seek to Expand Repair Options

End-users want to be able to repair their expensive electronics; manufacturers disagree.

12 Views on the Future of Electronics
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12 Views on the Future of Electronics

Experts at last week's Imec Technology Forum in Belgium offered predictions on how the future of electronics will evolve.

Detecting Life In Space: The Red Edge
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Detecting Life In Space: The Red Edge

The universe's "most interesting star" just started acting up again.

Next-Gen Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels
From ACM TechNews

Next-Gen Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels

Researchers say they have developed a memristor computer circuit prototype that has the potential to process complex data faster and using much less power than...

Using Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft
From ACM TechNews

Using Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft

A new system uses bitcoin's security mechanisms to foil online identify thieves.

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three
From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

A Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure
From ACM TechNews

A Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure

A new white paper focuses on a research agenda for designing an intelligent infrastructure for rural communities.

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI
From ACM TechNews

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

Parasitic Robot System for Turtle's Waypoint Navigation
From ACM TechNews

Parasitic Robot System for Turtle's Waypoint Navigation

Researchers have developed a parasitic robot system, a hybrid animal-robot interaction that mimics the natural relationship between parasites and hosts.

Weaving the Web
From Communications of the ACM

Weaving the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a paradigm shift that changed the world with his invention of the World Wide Web, Hypertext Transport Protocol, and Hypertext Markup...

Potential and Peril
From Communications of the ACM

Potential and Peril

The outlook for artificial intelligence-based autonomous weapons.

Optimization Search Finds a Heart of Glass
From Communications of the ACM

Optimization Search Finds a Heart of Glass

Analog computing could provide greater efficiency, improved digital algorithms.

Deep Learning Takes on Translation
From Communications of the ACM

Deep Learning Takes on Translation

Improvements in hardware, the availability of massive amounts of data, and algorithmic upgrades are among the factors supporting better machine translation.

Georgia Professor Uses Artificial Intelligence To Teach Class
From ACM News

Georgia Professor Uses Artificial Intelligence To Teach Class

A computer science professor at Georgia Tech is using artificial intelligence to help him answer some of students' frequently asked questions.

Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI
From ACM News

Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help...

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017
From ACM News

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Sammet was the first female president of ACM, and a pioneer in programming languages.

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites
From ACM Careers

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.

Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics
From ACM TechNews

Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace
From ACM TechNews

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace

Massachusetts Institute of Technology principal research scientist Andrew McAfee says the pace of machine-learning advancement is often underestimated.

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI
From ACM TechNews

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google has unveiled a new approach to machine learning in which neural networks are used to build better neural networks.
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