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Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive
From ACM TechNews

Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive

Self-driving cars can learn the rules of the road by studying virtual traffic on videogames such as Grand Theft Auto V, according to a new study.

Researchers Are Teaching Artificial Intelligence How to Terrify Humans
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Are Teaching Artificial Intelligence How to Terrify Humans

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have trained a computer to produce scary images.

Learning Securely
From Communications of the ACM

Learning Securely

Because it is easy to fool, machine learning must be taught how to handle adversarial inputs.

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin
From Communications of the ACM

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize applications and redefine the digital economy.

New Method Reduces Amount of Training Data Needed For Facial Performance Capture System
From ACM TechNews

New Method Reduces Amount of Training Data Needed For Facial Performance Capture System

Disney Research has developed a facial-capture system that uses a sample of actors' recordings to synthetically generate the data needed to train the system.

Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous
From ACM News

Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous

There are half a billion tweets a day. For the company, they’re sellable data. For despots, they’re a great way to hunt dissidents.

The Search For Virtual Reality's Killer App
From ACM Careers

The Search For Virtual Reality's Killer App

Sony Corp.'s release of the PlayStation VR on Thursday brings virtual reality to the cusp of mainstream adoption.

Vr Started with Gaming, But It Will Take Over Every Other Industry
From ACM Careers

Vr Started with Gaming, But It Will Take Over Every Other Industry

"We are looking at sensory immersion.

Computer Scientist Publishes Manifesto For Expressive Algorithmic Music
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientist Publishes Manifesto For Expressive Algorithmic Music

Gerhard Widmer at Austria's Johannes Kepler University has published a manifesto for music information research. He argues the field should refocus so it can facilitate...

'virtual Physiotherapist' Helps Paralyzed Patients Exercise Using Computer Games
From ACM TechNews

'virtual Physiotherapist' Helps Paralyzed Patients Exercise Using Computer Games

Researchers at the U.K.'s Imperial College London recently demonstrated a device that enables paralyzed stroke patients to play computer games as physical therapy...

CM­ Computer Beats Humans in 'doom' Video Game
From ACM TechNews

CM­ Computer Beats Humans in 'doom' Video Game

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are using the videogame "Doom" as an artificial intelligence research platform as part of the Visual Doom AI Competition....

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer
From ACM Opinion

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

Battling Algorithmic Bias
From Communications of the ACM

Battling Algorithmic Bias

How do we ensure algorithms treat us fairly?

Bringing Holography to Light
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing Holography to Light

While 3D technologies that make headlines are not truly holographic, holographic techniques are furthering advances in important applications such as biomedical...

Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool For Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool For Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida plan to use a custom-designed videogame to improve educational outcomes in middle...

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
From ACM News

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

How Imperceptible Vibrations Could Take Augmented Reality to a New Level
From ACM TechNews

How Imperceptible Vibrations Could Take Augmented Reality to a New Level

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a technique to make augmented reality technologies more immersive.

Speech Technology Enables Kids to Control Video Game
From ACM TechNews

Speech Technology Enables Kids to Control Video Game

Researchers at Disney Research say their new keyword-spotting system works better with the video game "Mole Madness" than commercial speech-recognition systems....

Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot By Playing Grand Theft Auto
From ACM TechNews

Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot By Playing Grand Theft Auto

Several research groups are using the "Grand Theft Auto" video game to educate algorithms with potential application to self-driving vehicle navigation.

Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits
From ACM News

Google's Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring Isis Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field.
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