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Small Words in an Email Can Reveal a Person's Identity
From ACM TechNews

Small Words in an Email Can Reveal a Person's Identity

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to identify someone by analyzing small sequences of words in emails.

New RoboBee Flies, Dives, Swims, and Explodes Out of the Water
From ACM TechNews

New RoboBee Flies, Dives, Swims, and Explodes Out of the Water

The latest generation of RoboBee is an aerial-to-aquatic robot that is 1,000 times lighter than any previous model.

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...

The Physics of Time Travel Isn't Just the Stuff of Science Fiction
From ACM Opinion

The Physics of Time Travel Isn't Just the Stuff of Science Fiction

We're all time travelers nowadays. We project ourselves mentally into the misty past and the risky future.

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'Patchable' Hardware
From ACM TechNews

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'Patchable' Hardware

The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.

Anticipating Aftershocks
From ACM TechNews

Anticipating Aftershocks

Researchers in June released a major report summarizing the scientific and hazard results of the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast.

CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal Thoughts
From ACM TechNews

CMU, Pitt Brain Imaging Science Identifies Individuals With Suicidal Thoughts

Researchers have developed an approach to identify suicidal individuals by analyzing changes in how their brains represent concepts such as death, cruelty, and...

Sharing Secrets (Without Giving Them Away)
From ACM News

Sharing Secrets (Without Giving Them Away)

Secure multiparty computation protects privacy while sharing vital data.

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, and Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study
From ACM TechNews

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, and Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study

A study by neuroscientists offers insights into whether computers may become conscious by deconstructing consciousness into three categories.

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed
From ACM News

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed

Going viral used to be harmless.

Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative
From ACM Careers

Facebook Struggles to Contain Russia Narrative

Facebook has been happy to keep congressional investigators focused on the Russian-bought online ads that helped sway voters in last year's election—despite the...

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data
From ACM TechNews

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

Researchers have  created a near-perfect streaming algorithm that operates by recalling only enough of what it has seen to relate what it has observed most often...

Artificial Intelligence to Evaluate Brain Maturity of Preterm Infants
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence to Evaluate Brain Maturity of Preterm Infants

Researchers have developed a method of assessing a preterm infant's brain maturity from an electroencephalogram.

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car
From ACM TechNews

What Virtual Reality Can Teach a Driverless Car

Major companies are testing autonomous car software within virtual reality simulations of cities.

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code

Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement to help seniors learn how to program in the Swift language.

Women and Robots, 'There's Just No Trust'
From ACM TechNews

Women and Robots, 'There's Just No Trust'

Researchers found women were much less likely than men to trust humanoid machines.

Facebook’s Head of AI Wants Us to Stop Using the Terminator to Talk about AI
From ACM News

Facebook’s Head of AI Wants Us to Stop Using the Terminator to Talk about AI

Yann LeCun chats about super-intelligent artificial intelligence and the future of virtual assistants.

Alan Turing: How His Universal Machine Became a Musical Instrument 
From ACM News

Alan Turing: How His Universal Machine Became a Musical Instrument 

Alan Turing is one of the great pioneers of the digital age, establishing the mathematical foundations of computing and using electromechanical digital machines...

Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation
From ACM TechNews

Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation

Researchers conducted a study of user preferences as an initial step toward developing an interactive movement rehabilitation protocol.

Secure Payment Without Leaving a Trace
From ACM TechNews

Secure Payment Without Leaving a Trace

Researchers in Germany have developed a secure system for making online payments that that works anonymously and prevents misuse.
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