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The Industrial Robot Revolution
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The Industrial Robot Revolution

A dramatic shift in how robots are made and perceived is leading to their widespread adoption and use.  

Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle
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Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle

John Nash's mind is even more exquisite than we thought. The Nobel laureate, famous for both his work in game theory and his schizophrenia—as portrayed in the book...

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds
From Communications of the ACM

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds

Online games are harnessing humans' skills to solve scientific problems that are currently beyond the ability of computers.

Computing With Magnets
From Communications of the ACM

Computing With Magnets

Researchers are finding ways to develop ultra-efficient and nonvolatile computer processors out of nanoscale magnets. A number of obstacles, however, stand in the...

Policing the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

Stanford Schooling - Gratis!
From Communications of the ACM

Stanford Schooling - Gratis!

Stanford University's experiment with online classes could help transform computer science education.

From ACM News

Avi Rubin on Hacking All Sorts of Devices

Avi Rubin is the technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and in this talk from the TEDxMidAtlantic conference in November...

Intel Chefs Bake Wifi Into Mobile Chips
From ACM News

Intel Chefs Bake Wifi Into Mobile Chips

Researchers at Intel have come up with a way to make WiFi faster and more energy efficient.

From ACM News

Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a Single Atom

Australian and American physicists have built a working transistor from a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal.

Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups
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Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups

Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting...

From ACM News

How to Tell If You're Being Tracked on Safari

If you're on an iPhone or iPad using the most recent version of Apple's operating system, click on the "Settings" icon, and then click on "Safari."

From ACM News

The Machines Are Talking a Lot

As one of the leading manufacturers of the equipment that routes data around the Internet, Cisco Systems is in good position to know just how many 0s and 1s go...

How Companies Learn Your Secrets
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How Companies Learn Your Secrets

Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question...

From ACM News

How Google Tracked Safari Users

Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple's Safari Web browser is set to block...

Microchips' Optical Future
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Microchips' Optical Future

To keep energy consumption under control, future chips may need to move data using light instead of electricity—and the technical expertise to build them may reside...

From ACM News

Flaw Found in an Online Encryption Method

A team of European and American mathematicians and cryptographers have discovered an unexpected weakness in the encryption system widely used worldwide for online...

Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists
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Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists

On 6 May 2010, shares on U.S. financial markets suddenly dropped on average by around 10% but in over 300 stocks by more than 60%. Moments later the prices recovered...

Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings
From ACM News

Infrared and 3D Vision Systems Combine to Help Pilots Avoid Crash Landings

When large airliners approach an airport for a landing, a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lighting shows the pilot exactly where the runway is,...

Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'
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Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'

Twitter has admitted copying entire address books from smartphones and storing the data on its servers, often without customers' knowledge.

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing
From ACM Opinion

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.
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