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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI
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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and...

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?
From ACM News

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that...

How AI Is Changing Wildlife Research
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How AI Is Changing Wildlife Research

A software program developed by the conservation technology nonprofit Wild ME automatically identifies individual animals by their unique coat patterns or other...

Technology for the Deaf
From Communications of the ACM

Technology for the Deaf

Why aren't better assistive technologies available for those communicating using ASL?

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Who's Behind That Beard?
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Who's Behind That Beard?

Kurt Luther, working with a team at Virginia Polytechnic and State Institute, has launched Civil War Photo Sleuth, a Web platform that applies facial recognition...

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
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Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent
From ACM TechNews

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

Inside Nike's Store of the Future
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Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Nike new flagship store in New York City is focused on personalized, experiential shopping, allowing shoppers with the Nike app to check out items via phone, request...

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough
From ACM TechNews

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users...

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy
From ACM TechNews

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

The Christiana Care Health System was awarded the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its use of virtual reality technology to improve...

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?
From ACM TechNews

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research
From ACM TechNews

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

The Big Spenders in Research and Development
From ACM TechNews

The Big Spenders in Research and Development

Global technological research and development spending will top $2 trillion this year, according to R&D Magazine's 2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast.

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy
From ACM TechNews

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S....

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants
From ACM TechNews

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.

To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology
From ACM TechNews

To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology

Clothing brands collaborated with a Canadian nonprofit to build a website that can identify forests that should be kept pristine, to make supply chains less ecologically...

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use
From ACM News

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body...
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