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The Hazards of Going on Autopilot
From ACM Opinion

The Hazards of Going on Autopilot

At 9:18 P.M. on February 12, 2009, Continental Connection Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, took off from Newark International Airport.

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests
From ACM News

E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting For Real Money in Virtual Contests

A bewitching creature—half woman, half deer—battles a shaman and a sentient tree.

Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two
From ACM TechNews

Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two

College students across the United States have been developing their own apps, sometimes to great success. 

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy
From ACM Opinion

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems...

Beer Taps the Internet of Things
From ACM News

Beer Taps the Internet of Things

Industry-specific technology tracks how quickly kegs are drained and help purveyors charge for every last drop.

Eight in 10 Enterprises Turn to Citizen Developers For Innovation
From ACM TechNews

Eight in 10 Enterprises Turn to Citizen Developers For Innovation

A recent survey found that 80% of enterprises are forming partnerships with groups such as citizen developers to close to the skills gap for application development...

Next For Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games
From ACM News

Next For Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games

Nearly all the hype around virtual reality—much of it fanned by Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the headset maker—is about how the technology can...

China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google
From ACM News

China Targets Own Operating System to Take on Likes of Microsoft, Google

China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said...

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
From ACM News

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s...

Nersc Launches Next-Generation Code Optimization Effort
From ACM TechNews

Nersc Launches Next-Generation Code Optimization Effort

The U.S. Department of Energy is working to address a gap in its Exascale Science Applications Program, an effort designed to support its Cori supercomputer. 

Vexed in the City: Starved For Tech Talent and Yet Nobody to Hire?
From ACM Careers

Vexed in the City: Starved For Tech Talent and Yet Nobody to Hire?

Darin Wedel made headlines in 2012 when his wife, Jennifer, asked President Barack Obama during a Google+ Hangout why her husband was still out of work while H-1B...

New Algorithm Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due
From ACM TechNews

New Algorithm Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due

A new algorithm could help determine how to properly allocate credit for science papers that have multiple authors.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on Tech's Diversity Gap
From ACM TechNews

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on Tech's Diversity Gap

In an interview, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg says it is crucial for the technology industry to become more diverse. 

Data Center Innovation: New Ways to Save Energy
From ACM TechNews

Data Center Innovation: New Ways to Save Energy

The High Tech and Industrial Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, recently designated the DoE Center of Expertise for energy efficiency in data...

It Jobs: Which States Show Most Growth?
From ACM TechNews

It Jobs: Which States Show Most Growth?

Dice's August jobs report found Texas leads in technology job growth in 2014 based on new hiring data, followed by Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington...

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics
From ACM News

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Scholars are exhilarated by the prospect of tapping into the vast troves of personal data collected by Facebook, Google, Amazon, and a host of start-ups, which...

Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'
From ACM Opinion

Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'

Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of the IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s OkCupid, caused a stir recently when he responded to Facebook's news feed controversy with...

Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask
From ACM News

Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera.

Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple's Style
From ACM Careers

Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple's Style

Apple may well be the only tech company on the planet that would dare compare itself to Picasso.

Big Data's High-Priests of Algorithms
From ACM TechNews

Big Data's High-Priests of Algorithms

Industry demand for data scientists is exploding with many businesses looking for people skilled in sifting through massive volumes of data streaming in from different...
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