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Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead
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Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.

From ACM News

Why the ­.s. May Lose the Race to Exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers—exascale—there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

Life Points the Way to a New Template For Chipmaking
From Communications of the ACM

Life Points the Way to a New Template For Chipmaking

While significant obstacles remain, researchers are optimistic about using DNA to guide graphene into complex circuit shapes on silicon.

What's Next For Gpu Chips? Maybe the Network.
From ACM News

What's Next For Gpu Chips? Maybe the Network.

Over the last few years it's been interesting to see where in the computing landscape graphics processors or GPUs like those turned out by Nvidia have turned up...

Meet The 'assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins
From ACM News

Meet The 'assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

As Bitcoin becomes an increasingly popular form of digital cash, the cryptocurrency is being accepted in exchange for everything from socks to sushi to heroin.

Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon
From ACM News

Graphene: The Quest For Supercarbon

Mr G gazes out from a recruitment poster hanging in an engineering building in Cambridge, U.K.

Nasa Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air
From ACM News

Nasa Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air

NASA's next mission to Mars aims to answer one question: What happened to the air that once made the surface habitable?

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
From ACM Opinion

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed
From ACM News

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
From ACM Opinion

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

Blinded By the Light
From ACM Opinion

Blinded By the Light

The probe sails through space, traveling the distance of the LA-to-Chicago red-eye in a minute.

Intelligence Agency Seeks Facial Recognition ­pgrade
From ACM News

Intelligence Agency Seeks Facial Recognition ­pgrade

The U.S. intelligence community is pushing a leap forward in facial recognition software that will enable it to determine better the identity of people through...

Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet
From ACM News

Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone.

Big Data's Little Brother
From ACM Careers

Big Data's Little Brother

David Soloff is recruiting an army of "hyperdata" collectors.

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse
From ACM Opinion

The Head of Google X Thinks We're All Too Risk-Averse

Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet...

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc
From ACM News

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger Lhc

When Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started up in 2008, particle physicists would not have dreamt of asking for something bigger until they got their US$5...

Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again
From ACM News

Sunny Fix Would Let Defunct Kepler Hunt Planets Again

NASA's champion planet-hunter, which recently suffered a fatal breakdown, is now looking on the sunny side.

Nasa Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth
From ACM News

Nasa Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan
From ACM News

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan

Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead.

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)
From ACM News

Ads Could Soon Know If You're an Introvert (on Twitter)

Trying to derive a person's wants and needs—conscious or otherwise—from online browsing and buying habits has become crucial to companies of all kinds.
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