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Teaching AI to Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense of Our World
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Teaching AI to Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense of Our World

Google is teaching machines to play Atari games like Space Invaders, Video Pinball, andBreakout. And they're getting pretty good.  

The Hyper-Intelligent Bandage
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The Hyper-Intelligent Bandage

Scientists are developing smart, sensor-packed dressings to help heal chronic wounds.

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs
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Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs

Whether sitting in front of a screen or in a classroom, online and campus-based institutions want to verify students actually attend classes, take exams.

The Roots of Computing, in New York City
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The Roots of Computing, in New York City

The seeds of Silicon Valley were harvested from the Big Apple.

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies
From ACM News

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

Ed Catmull's office could be a window into the brain of Pixar.

I'm Going to Make Facebook's AI Predict What Happens in Videos
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I'm Going to Make Facebook's AI Predict What Happens in Videos

What are the big challenges ahead for you?

Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going
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Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going

Google and Facebook are pushing virtual-reality technology along two different lines. 

System Automatically Converts 2d Video to 3D
From ACM TechNews

System Automatically Converts 2d Video to 3D

A new system automatically renders two-dimensional soccer game video footage as three-dimensional video. 

You Can Now 3D Print a Toupee
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You Can Now 3D Print a Toupee

Owners of three-dimensional printers will be able to fabricate plastic hair using a method developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dartmouth Study Illustrates How Game Design Can Reduce Stereotypes and Social Biases
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Dartmouth Study Illustrates How Game Design Can Reduce Stereotypes and Social Biases

A new Dartmouth College study highlights how games can have beneficial societal effects.

Designing Interactive Memory Joggers
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Designing Interactive Memory Joggers

Texts, photos, and videos are the fodder of memories, which require appropriate cues to materialize those memories from custom-designed hardware, says one researcher...

Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually
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Researchers Put Words In Your Mouth—virtually

In the 1997 action movie Face/Off, an FBI agent must undergo face-transplant surgery and assume the identity of a ruthless terrorist to foil a plot.

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game
From ACM Careers

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game

At 5:05 AM Sunday, long before the rest of Sunnyvale, California, will wake up, Yahoo's control room is packed.

Algorithmic Authors
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithmic Authors

Natural Language Generation software begins delivering on the promise of automated prose.

Brain Science Helps Computers Separate Speakers in a Crowded Room
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Brain Science Helps Computers Separate Speakers in a Crowded Room

People can listen to a single voice amid the hubbub of a cocktail party; algorithms can help computers do it, too.

Companies Proactively Seek Out Internal Threats
From Communications of the ACM

Companies Proactively Seek Out Internal Threats

Organizations must balance their concerns with the protection of employee privacy.

John H. Holland 1929-2015
From Communications of the ACM

John H. Holland 1929-2015

John Henry Holland, a pioneer in the study of complex adaptive systems and of what became known as genetic algorithms, died in August at the age of 86.

Car Infotainment Systems Distract Even with Voice Commands
From ACM News

Car Infotainment Systems Distract Even with Voice Commands

Car infotainment systems that use voice commands may let drivers keep their hands on the wheel, but they're still highly distracting.

After 10 Years, Google Books Is Legal
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After 10 Years, Google Books Is Legal

On Friday, a federal circuit court made clear that Google Books is legal.

New Auto Safety Technologies Leave Some Drivers Bewildered
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New Auto Safety Technologies Leave Some Drivers Bewildered

Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology.
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