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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

Crowd Control
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Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

Betting on Ideas
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Betting on Ideas

Advanced computational models are enabling researchers to create increasingly sophisticated prediction markets.

From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Meets the Grid

University of California, Berkeley professor Randy Katz says future computers need to be designed to meet the energy efficiency needs of data centers, and the power...

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SIGGRAPH 2009 Seeks Live Real-Time Video Games Content

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival will include a segment on real-time rendering projects, in which the top selections will be played and demonstrated...

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Berkeley Releases Cloud Computing Study

University of California, Berkeley professors David Patterson and Armando Fox, researchers at Berkeley's Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory, have...

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Road to Grid Computing Remains Difficult

Grid computing pioneer Ian Foster says that grid and cloud computing have not yet reached their full potential. Foster says the reliable infrastructure management...

SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia
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SIGGRAPH Debuts in Asia

ACM's premier computer graphics conference hosts its first-ever graphics event in Asia, with a more global focus.

The First Internet President
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The First Internet President

Barack Obama's presidential campaign utilized the Internet and information technology unlike any previous political campaign. How politicians and the public interact...

USACM's Policy Role
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USACM's Policy Role

ACM members have a professional duty to ensure that the public comprehends and benefits from advances in computing.

From ACM TechNews

Nsf Looking For Wicked Cool Visual and Data Analysis Algorithms

The National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to develop highly interpretive mathematical and computational algorithms and techniques to help the U.S. government...

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Energy Drain By Computers Stifles Efforts at Cost Control

Higher-education institutions are having a hard time keeping computing costs under control because of power-thirsty data centers. Experts say colleges and universities...

ACM's Annual Report
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ACM's Annual Report

I would be hard-pressed to recall in my four decades as an ACM member a time as eventful and exceptional as recorded by ACM in FY08.

A Pioneer Woman
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A Pioneer Woman

Programmer Jean Bartik is inducted into the Computer History Museum's Hall of Fellows.

Context-Aware Smartphones
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Context-Aware Smartphones

Future generations of smartphones will be context aware, tracking your behavior, providing information about the immediate environment, and anticipating your intentions...

The Universe in Your Computer
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The Universe in Your Computer

Two virtual astronomical telescopes promise to transform the way people view and study the cosmos.

Calculating the Future
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Calculating the Future

Climate researchers have no shortage of scientific issues on which to expend computer power. The biggest problem is choosing which one to tackle first.

From ACM TechNews

Teaching Intangibles With Technology

European and Israeli researchers have developed an education system that focuses on teaching students critical thinking, social interaction, discourse, rhetoric...

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A New Web of Trust

A year after security researchers exposed a flaw in the Domain Name System (DNS), a permanent solution is finally being implemented. The DNSSEC protocol, which...

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Information Architecture For Digital Libraries

The libraries of the 21st century will be Web-based, but the technologies, standards, and architecture that future digital libraries will use are still being defined...
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