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Do Computers Really Think?
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Do Computers Really Think?

Do smart assistants exhibit actual intelligence?

Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things
From ACM TechNews

Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things

A new chip performs public-key encryption while consuming only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would.

Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating
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New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and...

Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses
From ACM TechNews

Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses

U.S. universities are starting to offer ethics courses relating to computer science.

Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides
From ACM TechNews

Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides

AccuMM is a new automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
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Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...

TPUs Go Public on Google Cloud
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TPUs Go Public on Google Cloud

Google has announced a beta program to make its in-house Tensor Processing Units available to cloud customers.

Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?
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Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?

Python is currently the most popular language in the data science exploration and development stage.

After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn't Have a Science Adviser
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After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn't Have a Science Adviser

More than a year after taking office, President Trump has yet to appoint a science adviser—longer than any other president since World War II, when Franklin D....

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World
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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.

As China Marches Forward on  A.I., the White House Is Silent
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As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors
From ACM TechNews

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors

Researchers say they have successfully programmed tiny robots to destroy tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

Detecting Hidden Threats
From ACM TechNews

Detecting Hidden Threats

Technology under development at the University of Delaware is aimed at detecting explosive devices from a distance.

Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes
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Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of a deep neural network programmed to detect diabetes.

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies
From ACM News

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies

More and more businesses are accepting cryptocurrencies as payment; here's why.

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa
From ACM News

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa

Data scientists in South Africa are readying themselves for a flood of information that is due to crash over them when the country's biggest radio telescope doubles...

The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
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The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time

At precisely three minutes and thirty seconds before two o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, 1896, on a bridge in the Greek town of Marathon, an army...

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
From ACM Opinion

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.
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