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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

"It depends on what you mean by artificial intelligence."

Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante
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Haunted House Business Gets Boost As Techs ­p Thrill Ante

Ed Terebus was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laid-off auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago...

Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'
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Roller Coaster Technology: 'bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

Alton Towers in Staffordshire has just opened the world's first 14-loop roller coaster, called The Smiler, while in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World claims to have the...

­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core
From ACM Opinion

­.k. Official ­rges ­.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core

When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.

Big Plans For Small Spacecraft
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Big Plans For Small Spacecraft

It's hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano's MIT office.

Nasa Laser Communication System Sets Record with Data Transmissions to and from Moon
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Nasa Laser Communication System Sets Record with Data Transmissions to and from Moon

NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth...

In Cyberarms Race, North Korea Emerging As a Power, Not a Pushover
From ACM News

In Cyberarms Race, North Korea Emerging As a Power, Not a Pushover

Often dismissed as a laggard in the global cyberarms race, North Korea has long been seen as a chronic cyber-superpower wannabe.

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
From ACM News

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested
From ACM Careers

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

Check it out, I'm working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013.

Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope
From ACM News

Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope

The Planck space telescope has been turned off after spending nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars...

Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers
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Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For Gps Trackers

An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause...

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom
From ACM News

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.

Future-Proof Encryption
From Communications of the ACM

Future-Proof Encryption

Researchers are relying on quantum mechanics to generate unhackable methods of communication.

More Than a Mouse
From Communications of the ACM

More Than a Mouse

Gesture and gaze are among the newest additions to a growing family of computer interfaces.

Legal Issues with Robots
From Communications of the ACM

Legal Issues with Robots

Who is responsible when property is damaged or someone is injured by an automated system? Existing product liability laws have not yet been tested in the context...

The ­mbilical Link of Man to Robot
From ACM News

The ­mbilical Link of Man to Robot

Atlas doesn't shrug. But he teeters, loses his grip, stutters, and staggers.

Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack
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Wall Street Banks Learn How to Survive in Staged Cyber Attack

In a staged simulation called Quantum Dawn 2, bank executives in charge of operations, technology, and crisis planning were tasked with detecting how a massive...

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
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Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years
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Killer Robots With Automatic Rifles Could Be on the Battlefield in 5 Years

Robots armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank missiles and even grenade launchers are marching, er, rolling ever closer to the battlefield now that they’ve shown...

Credit Cards Under Pressure to Police Online Expression
From ACM News

Credit Cards Under Pressure to Police Online Expression

Earlier this month, major credit card processors including MasterCard, Visa, and America Express announced they would stop processing payments to websites that...
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