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What Happens When Big Data Blunders?
From Communications of the ACM

What Happens When Big Data Blunders?

Big data is touted as a cure-all for challenges in business, government, and healthcare, but as disease outbreak predictions show, big data often fails.

Reimagining Search
From Communications of the ACM

Reimagining Search

Search engine developers are moving beyond the problem of document analysis, toward the elusive goal of figuring out what people really want.

What's Next For Digital Humanities?
From Communications of the ACM

What's Next For Digital Humanities?

New computational tools spur advances in an evolving field.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
From ACM Opinion

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

Technique Makes Holograms Highly Efficient, Secure
From ACM TechNews

Technique Makes Holograms Highly Efficient, Secure

Harvard University researchers have programmed polarization into compact holograms.

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer
From ACM News

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer

Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites...

The Internet's Favorite Website
From ACM News

The Internet's Favorite Website

It's usually idle curiosity that drives me to Wikipedia.

Looking For Art in Artificial Intelligence
From ACM TechNews

Looking For Art in Artificial Intelligence

Dartmouth College professors will explore the potential for algorithms to produce human-quality dance music, sonnets, and short stories. 

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom
From ACM News

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom

The web is Doomed.

Cybersecurity Gets Smart
From Communications of the ACM

Cybersecurity Gets Smart

Researchers aim to apply artificial intelligence and machine-learning methods to take cybersecurity to a new, higher, and better level.

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
From ACM TechNews

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

The next frontier for game-playing artificial intelligence could be the popular real-time strategy game "StarCraft."

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
From ACM News

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

Humanity has fallen to artificial intelligence in checkers, chess, and, last month, Go, the complex ancient Chinese board game.

Hyper Vision
From ACM News

Hyper Vision

There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Minecraft Generation
From ACM TechNews

The Minecraft Generation

The extremely popular Minecraft computer game is turning children into a generation of computing tinkerers and engineers.

Hello, Coding
From ACM News

Hello, Coding

Preparing children for a world in which everything can be a computer.

Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case
From ACM News

Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined (PDF) to hear a challenge from the Authors Guild and other writers claiming Google's scanning of their books amounts to wanton...

Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually
From ACM TechNews

Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually

Dhruv Jain led the creation of a scuba-diving simulator as part of his Amphibian virtual reality project. 

Composing Musical Portraits Through a Computer
From ACM TechNews

Composing Musical Portraits Through a Computer

North Carolina State University professor Rodney Waschka takes data from pictures, book covers, audio, and other sources to make a portrait of a person. 

Uci to Launch First-of-its-Kind Official E-Sports Initiative in the Fall
From ACM TechNews

Uci to Launch First-of-its-Kind Official E-Sports Initiative in the Fall

The University of California, Irvine is launching an official e-sports initiative this fall, which it says is the first of its kind for a public research university...

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth
From ACM TechNews

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

Researchers are working to develop a guided tour of an area of Mars in a "mixed-reality" interactive exhibit called "Destination: Mars."
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