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Bringing History to Life
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Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at Starcraft--For Now
From ACM TechNews

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at Starcraft--For Now

Professional player Song Byung-gu won a recent "StarCraft" tournament in South Korea, beating four artificial intelligence programs in less than 30 minutes.

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...

Building Tomorrow's Robots
From ACM Careers

Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room
From ACM News

Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters
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Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook...

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife
From ACM News

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

One of the Russian-bought advertisements that Facebook shared with congressional investigators on Monday featured photographs of an armed black woman "dry firing"...

As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time
From ACM News

As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time

The presidential election is long past, but online attacks aimed at shaping the U.S. information environment have kept right on coming.

Is Beaming Down In star Trek a Death Sentence?
From ACM Opinion

Is Beaming Down In star Trek a Death Sentence?

In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. "Beam us up, beam us up!" Kirk shouted in desperation...

3D-Printing Human Body Parts
From Communications of the ACM

3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

Conservatives, Liberals ­nite Against Silicon Valley
From ACM Careers

Conservatives, Liberals ­nite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Brain Composer: 'thinking' Melodies Onto a Musical Score
From ACM TechNews

Brain Composer: 'thinking' Melodies Onto a Musical Score

P300 is a new brain-computer interface application that enables music to be composed by thought.

Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research
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Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research

Stall Catchers is an online computer game in which players use to analyze movies of blood flow to the brain as part of Alzheimer's disease research.

Most Tv Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That
From ACM TechNews

Most Tv Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

Why a 24-Year-Old chipmaker Is One Of tech's Hot Prospects
From ACM News

Why a 24-Year-Old chipmaker Is One Of tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
From ACM News

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

Robot the Musical
From ACM News

Robot the Musical

Artificial intelligence promises to change aspects of music ranging from rock concerts to advertising jingles.

Animation Made Easy
From ACM TechNews

Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.
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