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The Search Engine of the Future Will Be All-Seeing, All-Knowing 'watcher in the Sky'
From ACM TechNews

The Search Engine of the Future Will Be All-Seeing, All-Knowing 'watcher in the Sky'

Stefan Weitz, until recently senior director of search at Bing, observes the Internet has become much more massive since Google was conceived in the 1990s. 

New Search Engine Lets ­sers Look For Relevant Results Faster
From ACM TechNews

New Search Engine Lets ­sers Look For Relevant Results Faster

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology believe they have developed technology that will make Web searches more efficient. 

Visualizing Sound
From Communications of the ACM

Visualizing Sound

New techniques capture speech by looking for the vibrations it causes.

Online Privacy
From Communications of the ACM

Online Privacy: Regional Differences

How do the U.S., Europe, and Japan differ in their approaches to data protection — and what are they doing about it?

Using Technology to Help People
From Communications of the ACM

Using Technology to Help People

Companies are creating technological solutions for individuals, then generalizing them to broader populations that need similar assistance.

Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality
From ACM News

Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality

A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future
From ACM News

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future

Floor tiles that generate electricity when people walk on them. Streetlamps that transmit data to people passing beneath them.

The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score
From ACM News

The Scoreboards Where You Can't See Your Score

The characters in Gary Shteyngart's novel "Super Sad True Love Story" inhabit a continuously surveilled and scored society.

The Search For Et: How Close Are We?
From ACM News

The Search For Et: How Close Are We?

In 1950, Nobel prizewinning physicist Enrico Fermi posed his famous paradox: if extraterrestrial intelligence exists, why haven't we found it?

Data Brokers Are Watching You
From Communications of the ACM

Data Brokers Are Watching You

You would be surprised by how much they know about you, and what they are doing with your information.

Smart Transportation Networks Drive Gains
From Communications of the ACM

Smart Transportation Networks Drive Gains

Transportation engineers and city planners are looking to information technology to redefine traffic management in urban areas. With the opportunity, however, comes...

Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?
From ACM News

Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?

Facebook is saying little apart from the fact that "we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these...

Bringing Transparency to the High-End Art Market
From ACM News

Bringing Transparency to the High-End Art Market

A site that connects fine art buyers and sellers serves as the equivalent of an "Art Fair on the Internet."

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate
From ACM Opinion

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied...

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper
From ACM Careers

Gregarious and Direct: China's Web Doorkeeper

When a major Chinese-American Internet conference convenes in Washington on Tuesday, a middle-aged Communist Party propaganda chief will be seated amid a room full...

Sensors For Seniors
From Communications of the ACM

Sensors For Seniors

In-home technologies are helping seniors stay aware, healthy, and in touch.

Intelligent Living
From Communications of the ACM

Intelligent Living

After years of false starts, the smart home is gaining momentum.

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition
From ACM News

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.

Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software
From ACM News

Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software

Two groups of scientists, working independently, have created artificial intelligence software capable of recognizing and describing the content of photographs...

Study Finds Search Engine Poisoning Persistent, Hard to Solve
From ACM TechNews

Study Finds Search Engine Poisoning Persistent, Hard to Solve

A new study finds efforts to prevent the manipulation of search results are having little impact on online fraud. 
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