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Why Isis Is Winning the Social Media War
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Why Isis Is Winning the Social Media War

Early last December, two days after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, the married couple’s landlord...

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future
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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional...

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny
From ACM TechNews

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

The New Yorker magazine is using crowdsourcing algorithms to mine a massive volume of cartoon caption submissions to identify the funniest captions. 

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled
From Communications of the ACM

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Researchers consider how to adapt broadly available technology products for those battling physical impairments.

Marvin Minsky
From Communications of the ACM

Marvin Minsky: 1927-2016

Marvin Minsky, an American scientist who co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AI laboratory and was honored with the ACM A.M. Turing Award, passed...

The Meaning of Alphago, the AI Program That Beat a Go Champ
From ACM TechNews

The Meaning of Alphago, the AI Program That Beat a Go Champ

The victory of Google DeepMind's AlphaGo algorithm over a champion Go player is seen as a resurgence for deep learning. 

This Trading Card Game AI Watches and Learns From You
From ACM TechNews

This Trading Card Game AI Watches and Learns From You

Cryptozoic Entertainment is working to reimagine how people play video games with computer-controlled opponents. 

Google’s AI Wins First Game in Historic Match With Go Champion
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Google’s AI Wins First Game in Historic Match With Go Champion

Google’s Go-playing computer system has beaten one of the world’s top players in the first game of a five-game match in Seoul.

Pentagon Launching Bug Bounty Program
From ACM TechNews

Pentagon Launching Bug Bounty Program

The Pentagon is inviting vetted hackers to the Hack the Pentagon initiative, the U.S. government's first "bug bounty" program. 

Software Agents Begin to Form Personal Rapport with ­sers
From ACM News

Software Agents Begin to Form Personal Rapport with ­sers

Making friends with software.

Carnegie Mellon's Pokerbot Models Asymmetric Data
From ACM TechNews

Carnegie Mellon's Pokerbot Models Asymmetric Data

Carnegie Mellon University's Pokerbot won first place at the Annual Computer Poker Competition in the total bankroll category. 

An Algorithm For Teamwork
From ACM TechNews

An Algorithm For Teamwork

A team of University of Victoria students took first place at the third annual BattleSnake competition hosted by the university.

Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones
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Advertising Company Will ­se Its Billboards To Track Passing Cellphones

Clear Channel Outdoor—one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.—is starting a new program called Radar that will use billboards to map real-world...

Pentagon Starts Aggressive Cyberwar Against Is
From ACM News

Pentagon Starts Aggressive Cyberwar Against Is

Not long after Defense Secretary Ash Carter prodded his cyber commanders to be more aggressive in the fight against Islamic State, the U.S. ramped up its offensive...

Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World
From ACM News

Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World

Americans inhabit an intricately mapped world.

Deep or Shallow, NLP Is Breaking Out
From Communications of the ACM

Deep or Shallow, NLP Is Breaking Out

Neural net advances improve computers' language ability in many fields.

Rich Data, Poor Fields
From Communications of the ACM

Rich Data, Poor Fields

Diverse technologies help farmers produce food in resource-poor areas.

How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot
From ACM TechNews

How to Build an ­nbeatable Poker-Playing Robot

The allure of building superior poker-playing computer programs is the chance to tackle the challenge of dealing with missing information. 

Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'
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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial...

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot
From ACM Opinion

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weeklyinterviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice).
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