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Disney Projection System Shines Makeup on Actors During Live Performances
From ACM TechNews

Disney Projection System Shines Makeup on Actors During Live Performances

The Makeup Lamps system tracks an actor's movements and expressions during live stage performances so the actor's face can be painted with light.

A Trick That Hides Censored Websites Inside Cat Videos
From ACM TechNews

A Trick That Hides Censored Websites Inside Cat Videos

Slitheen is a new system that uses decoy routing to conceal banned websites inside of innocuous cat videos.

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test
From ACM News

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test

In the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, the country's social media was awash in press reports of dubious origin.

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching
From ACM TechNews

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

New neural network-based detection algorithms can determine what movies people who use streaming services are viewing.

When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions
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When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions

Jean-Marc Alliot at the Computer Science Research Institute of Toulouse in France has developed a system that directly ranks chess players based on the quality...

New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation
From ACM TechNews

New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation

Disney researchers say they have developed a new method that makes it possible to realistically simulate hair by observing real hair in motion.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Combating Cancer With Data
From Communications of the ACM

Combating Cancer With Data

Supercomputers will sift massive amounts of data in search of therapies that work.

Making Chips Smarter
From Communications of the ACM

Making Chips Smarter

Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are motivating researchers to design and build new chips to support different computing models.

Bionics in Competition
From Communications of the ACM

Bionics in Competition

Developers of innovative assistive devices compete as a means of networking with each other.

How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
From ACM Careers

How Youtube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
From ACM News

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think
From ACM News

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
From ACM News

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality
From ACM TechNews

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality

Advances in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics are converging to make the Holodeck featured on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"...

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
From ACM Opinion

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?
From ACM News

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the 1980s, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary...

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
From ACM TechNews

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

Sensors on the Brain
From Communications of the ACM

Sensors on the Brain

Implantable wireless monitors give researchers a new look inside the human body.

Digitizing the World
From Communications of the ACM

Digitizing the World

Digital maps trawl for real-time updates.
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