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How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint
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How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint

Researchers have developed a method for constructing digital fingerprints that encode secret messages into the spiral points on the prints.

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways
From ACM Opinion

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways

Nearly two-thirds of the social media bots with political activity on Twitter before the 2016 U.S. presidential election supported Donald Trump.

Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys
From ACM News

Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys

Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too.

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 
From ACM News

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 

For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed...

Wormholes Could be Portals to Other Universes
From ACM News

Wormholes Could be Portals to Other Universes

Wormholes are theoretical objects that could serve as portals between two points in space and time. Some believe they could even act as passageways to other universes...

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101
From ACM TechNews

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders
From ACM TechNews

An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders

An artificial intelligence-based lie detector system will be used on international travelers during a six-month pilot program at border crossings in Hungary, Latvia...

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride
From ACM TechNews

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride

Travel and tourism firms are deploying next-generation technologies such as robots, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality to improve the...

University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date
From ACM TechNews

University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date

Researchers have created a record-setting earthquake wave simulation.

NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer
From ACM TechNews

NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer

A standard Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Apollo 4000-series business computer is being used to conduct science experiments on the International Space Station.

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee
From ACM News

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee

The World Wide Web inventor says Silicon Valley firms have too much clout and 'optimism has cracked'.

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
From ACM News

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events

Last week, as thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan...

NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End
From ACM News

NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system's earliest chapter.

Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description
From ACM TechNews

Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description

A new system uses machine learning to automatically match individuals in videos with their descriptions.

Researchers Combine Technologies for New Digital Stethoscope
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Combine Technologies for New Digital Stethoscope

A prototype digital stethoscope for grading heart ailments and heart-pump performance incorporates precision sensors, electrocardiogram technology, and machine...

Christie’s First to Sell Art Made by AI
From ACM TechNews

Christie’s First to Sell Art Made by AI

A painted portrait produced by a machine learning algorithm was auctioned for $432,000 by Christie's auction house in New York.

Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning
From ACM News

Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Keep Learning

What if you stopped learning after graduation? It sounds stultifying, but that is how most machine-learning systems are trained.

The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits
From ACM News

The World's Strongest MRI Machines Are Pushing Human Imaging to New Limits

On a cold morning in Minneapolis last December, a man walked into a research centre to venture where only pigs had gone before: into the strongest magnetic resonance...

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
From ACM News

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape.

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
From ACM News

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The University of Illinois professor helped develop memory consistency models.
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