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It's Harder to Turn Off a Robot When It's Begging for Its Life
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It's Harder to Turn Off a Robot When It's Begging for Its Life

Researchers have found that people are very susceptible to social cues from machines, to the point that they will refrain from shutting off a robot that begs for...

New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 
From ACM News

New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 

The nightmare scenario for computer security—artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses—may already have arrived.

The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
From ACM News

The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and fake news created with AI have been developed through a program run by the US Defense Department.

Cyber Report Details Tricks Used by Hackers to Target Critical Infrastructure
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Cyber Report Details Tricks Used by Hackers to Target Critical Infrastructure

A cybersecurity firm says it uncovered the methods and tools hackers use to target critical infrastructure organizations, activity it observed by creating a website...

AI Camera to Help Spot the Best Grapes for Making Pesticide-Free Wine
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AI Camera to Help Spot the Best Grapes for Making Pesticide-Free Wine

Researchers in Germany have developed a mobile laboratory to automate and accelerate the process of checking the wax coverage of grapes, a task prone to human error...

All-Optical Computing Gets Another Arrow in Its Quiver
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All-Optical Computing Gets Another Arrow in Its Quiver

Researchers have developed all-optical logic gates from nanowires in a novel way, a significant step in the development of on-chip, all-optical logic components...

Adopting a Culture of Transparency
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Adopting a Culture of Transparency

Software is used increasingly to determine the existence of scientific fraud in published studies.

Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices
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Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices

Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications...

Trapping Light That Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics
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Trapping Light That Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics

An international project led by Purdue University researchers has yielded a metamaterial "cladding" to block light leakage from computer chips, in a step toward...

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

UCF Professor Discovers First-of-Its-Kind Material for the Quantum Age
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UCF Professor Discovers First-of-Its-Kind Material for the Quantum Age

A University of Central Florida researcher has discovered a material that could be used as a building block for quantum technology.

Brains Keep Temporary Molecular Records Before Making a Lasting Memory 
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Brains Keep Temporary Molecular Records Before Making a Lasting Memory 

The first dance at my wedding lasted exactly four minutes and 52 seconds, but I'll probably remember it for decades.

U of T Launches Canada's First Engineering Undergraduate Program in Machine Intelligence
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U of T Launches Canada's First Engineering Undergraduate Program in Machine Intelligence

The University of Toronto has unveiled Canada's first undergraduate engineering science program in machine intelligence.

The 2018 Top Programming Languages
From ACM TechNews

The 2018 Top Programming Languages

IEEE Spectrum's fifth annual interactive ranking of the top programming languages draws on metrics from multiple sources to rank 47 languages.

Lip-Reading AI Could Help the Deaf—or Spies
From ACM TechNews

Lip-Reading AI Could Help the Deaf—or Spies

An artificial intelligence program from DeepMind can read lips better than professional lip readers.

BMI System Lets Users Control Robotic Arm While Their Hands Are Busy
From ACM TechNews

BMI System Lets Users Control Robotic Arm While Their Hands Are Busy

Researchers in Japan have created a brain-machine interface for manipulating a robotic arm without requiring the use of hands.

'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace
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'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace

The technology is still in its infancy, but it will get better, learning as it goes.

Yuval Noah Harari: 'The Idea of Free Information is Extremely Dangerous'
From ACM News

Yuval Noah Harari: 'The Idea of Free Information is Extremely Dangerous'

As his new book is published, the bestselling author talks fake news, meditation and appearing with Natalie Portman.

       Decentralizing the Web: Maintaining the Momentum
From ACM News

Decentralizing the Web: Maintaining the Momentum

The Internet Archive's Wendy Hanamura on progress towards a decentralized web.

The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star
From ACM News

The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of one of the larger supernova remnants in the Milky Way galaxy in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope...
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