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Fighting Isis Online
From ACM Opinion

Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.

$2m Project to ­se Video Game to Engage Rural Maine Students in Computer Science, Math
From ACM TechNews

$2m Project to ­se Video Game to Engage Rural Maine Students in Computer Science, Math

University of Maine researchers will use the popular open-world video game Minecraft to introduce the basics of programming to rural fifth-to-eighth graders in...

Google AI Beats Humans at More Classic Arcade Games Than Ever Before
From ACM TechNews

Google AI Beats Humans at More Classic Arcade Games Than Ever Before

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence has been upgraded to defeat human players in 1980s arcade games even better than before. 

Scientists Update Views of Light
From Communications of the ACM

Scientists Update Views of Light

Experiment sheds new light on wave-particle duality.

Automotive Systems Get Smarter
From Communications of the ACM

Automotive Systems Get Smarter

Automotive infotainment systems are driving changes to automobiles, and to driver behavior.

Cyber Policies on the Rise
From Communications of the ACM

Cyber Policies on the Rise

A growing number of companies are taking out cybersecurity insurance policies to protect themselves from the costs of data breaches.

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child
From ACM News

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

It looked like a child's playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on the wall.

Virtual Reality Gets Real
From ACM News

Virtual Reality Gets Real

In 1965, Ivan Sutherland, a computer-graphics pioneer, addressed an international meeting of techies on the subject of virtual reality.

France Is Now Censoring Your Google Search Results, Wherever You Are
From ACM News

France Is Now Censoring Your Google Search Results, Wherever You Are

The French now have the "right to be forgotten" worldwide.

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Imperial College London's Matthew Lai has developed a new artificial intelligence machine which he says can play chess at a master level.

How the Nfl—not the Nsa—is Impacting Data Gathering Well Beyond the Gridiron
From ACM News

How the Nfl—not the Nsa—is Impacting Data Gathering Well Beyond the Gridiron

As guards were going so far as to check inside NFL fans' wallets as part of routine security measures before a recent preseason game at Levi's Stadium, a different...

You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football
From ACM Careers

You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

Every first-time player of daily fantasy football begins the new season undefeated, just like even the most hopeless NFL teams.

Animators Turn to Motion Capture Tech For Better Results
From ACM TechNews

Animators Turn to Motion Capture Tech For Better Results

Researchers at the University of Bradford are presenting their work in motion-capture technology at the upcoming British Science Festival. 

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code
From ACM TechNews

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton...

Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter
From ACM News

Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter

A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
From ACM News

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate...

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies
From ACM Careers

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school's football team readies for action during a preseason practice.

Nine Real Nasa Technologies in 'the Martian'
From ACM News

Nine Real Nasa Technologies in 'the Martian'

Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia.

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies
From ACM Careers

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies

In the fall of 2008, Louis C.K. was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and delivered a soon-to-be-viral rant called "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy...

In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's
From ACM News

In a Data-Driven N.f.l., the Pings May Soon Outstrip the X's and O's

When 80,000 fans pack MetLife Stadium each time the Giants and the Jets play this season, they are unlikely to notice the 22 new radio receivers placed discreetly...
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