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

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).

'on-Ramping' Paves the Way For Women Scientists, Engineers to Return to Academia
From ACM TechNews

'on-Ramping' Paves the Way For Women Scientists, Engineers to Return to Academia

Researchers interviewed 10 women who successfully transitioned into university faculty after working as corporate scientists or industry or government researchers...

Planning For a Disease Outbreak? There's a Game For That.
From ACM TechNews

Planning For a Disease Outbreak? There's a Game For That.

Researchers are developing new software that can predict, simulate, and analyze a major disease outbreak in the form of an intuitive, multiplayer game.

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard
From ACM News

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard

Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way.

Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game
From ACM News

Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game

Levi's Stadium has been in beta since it opened a year and a half ago.

Alphabet Program Beats the European Human Go Champion
From ACM TechNews

Alphabet Program Beats the European Human Go Champion

The AlphaGo program beat European Go champion Fan Hui in a series of five matches and achieved a 99.8-percent winning rate against other Go programs. 

The Top Technews Stories of 2015
From ACM News

The Top Technews Stories of 2015

ACM sent more than 1,800 news abstracts to around 100,000 of its members last year via email, in the form of TechNews.

Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route
From ACM TechNews

Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route

Autobahn is an artificial intelligence system that can use Google Street View images to optimize a driving route for a particular type of scenery. 

After 2,500 Years, a Chinese Gaming Mystery Is Solved
From ACM TechNews

After 2,500 Years, a Chinese Gaming Mystery Is Solved

Computer scientist John Tromp has discovered the total number of legal positions on Go's standard 19x19 board. 

Self-Repair Techniques Point to Robots That Design Themselves
From Communications of the ACM

Self-Repair Techniques Point to Robots That Design Themselves

Robots are being taught to brainstorm alternatives when damaged.

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays
From ACM News

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays

In 1996, IBM'S Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game.

The Nfl Is Finally Tapping Into the Power of Data
From ACM News

The Nfl Is Finally Tapping Into the Power of Data

The NFL may be the most popular and profitable major sport in America, but until recently, it's lagged behind other leagues in sophisticated use of data analysis...

Oscar-Winning Animator and Filmmaker Chris Landreth at ­ of T Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Oscar-Winning Animator and Filmmaker Chris Landreth at ­ of T Computer Science

Award-winning animator and filmmaker Chris Landreth serves as distinguished research artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto's computer science department...

In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind
From ACM News

In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind

An inexpensive, full-page braille tablet could make topics like science and math more easily accessible to the blind, according to a team of researchers who have...

MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes
From ACM News

MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes

The robots arrived years ago. They help build stuff in factories. They shuttle packages and products across the massive warehouses that drive Amazon’s worldwide...

Dancing with Drones
From ACM News

Dancing with Drones

Drones may have a poor reputation as threats to privacy, but they offer a new dimension to dance.

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016
From ACM TechNews

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Significant virtual reality milestones are expected this year.

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016
From ACM News

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Virtual reality has grown immensely over the past few years, but 2016 looks like the most important year yet: it will be the first time that consumers can get their...

Seeing More Clearly
From Communications of the ACM

Seeing More Clearly

Computer understanding of images has improved rapidly, but true visual intelligence is still a long way off.
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