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Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
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Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Taylor had the idea that led to the Arpanet, the forerunner of the Internet.

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers
From ACM News

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers

Sammet was the first female president of ACM,, created the computer language FORMAC, and was a key member of the committee that created COBOL.

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior...

4D Printing Gets Simpler and Faster
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4D Printing Gets Simpler and Faster

A team of researchers has developed a new approach that significantly simplifies and increases the potential of four-dimensional printing.

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors
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AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors

Researchers have developed four computer-learning algorithms that significantly outperform American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines...

Robot Ray Swims Using High-Voltage Artificial Muscles
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Robot Ray Swims Using High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them...

Your Phone's Power Use Can Give Hackers an Opening
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Your Phone's Power Use Can Give Hackers an Opening

Researchers have shown even without a data cable, hackers can analyze a device's power needs to access users' private information.

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal
From ACM News

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal

Georg Gottlob been selected by the Awards Panel of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the 2017 winner of the Lovelace Medal.

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)
From ACM News

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System
From ACM News

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and...

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
From ACM TechNews

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models
From ACM TechNews

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models

Google is testing a new collaborative machine-learning training method in which training data is diffused across millions of individual mobile devices instead of...

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'
From ACM TechNews

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

A new study from six organizations summarizes state-by-state surveys on U.S. computer science education policies for grades K-12. "There are simply not enough adequately...

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals
From ACM TechNews

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language...

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps
From ACM TechNews

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

Steven Smith at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has developed an algorithmic technique to thwart the collection of online users' browsing history. The algorithm conceals...

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
From ACM News

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
From ACM News

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can...

It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says
From ACM TechNews

It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says

R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs, proposes no longer following Moore's Law in chipmaking, saying in a recent research paper that the...

DARPA Will Bake Cybersecurity Into Circuits
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Will Bake Cybersecurity Into Circuits

DARPA this month plans to detail its System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program, with the goal of developing new integrated circuit architectures...

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation
From ACM News

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.
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