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The Future Is Flexible Displays
From Communications of the ACM

The Future Is Flexible Displays

Manufacturers hint that bendable screens are coming soon, but academics argue that many engineering challenges remain.

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?
From ACM Careers

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?

Microsoft announced a new version of the Xbox One earlier this week, and with it an improved and essentially reinvented version of Kinect, the company's body- and...

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus
From Communications of the ACM

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus

The possibility of a new $200-billion-plus industry has cloud security experts bracing for the ramifications.

One Day Your Phone Will Know If You're Happy or Sad
From ACM Careers

One Day Your Phone Will Know If You're Happy or Sad

As much time as we spend with our cell phones and laptops and tablets, it's still pretty much a one-way relationship.

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search
From ACM Careers

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search

Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google's X Lab, the research group that's given us Google Glass and the company's driverless cars. His mission...

Making Quantum Encryption Practical
From ACM News

Making Quantum Encryption Practical

One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD) in which the counterintuitive behavior...

From ACM Careers

40 Years Ago, Ethernet's Fathers Were the Startup Kids

Bob Metcalfe, Dave Boggs, and the rest of the scientists at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1973 were a lot like young developers at a Silicon Valley startup...

Is This Virtual Worm the First Sign of the Singularity?
From ACM News

Is This Virtual Worm the First Sign of the Singularity?

For all the talk of artificial intelligence and all the games of SimCity that have been played, no one in the world can actually simulate living things. Biology...

The Audacious Plan to End Hunger with 3D Printed Food
From ACM News

The Audacious Plan to End Hunger with 3D Printed Food

Anjan Contractor's 3D food printer might evoke visions of the "replicator" popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself...

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
From ACM News

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

How to Make a Less Creepy Robot? Simple, Just Add Data
From ACM News

How to Make a Less Creepy Robot? Simple, Just Add Data

Disney’s research arm has solved a problem that you probably didn’t even know robots have—their inability to accept objects from people in a natural way.

Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?
From ACM Opinion

Is Computing Speed Set to Make a Quantum Leap?

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really...

Princeton ­niversity Celebrates the Art of Science
From ACM News

Princeton ­niversity Celebrates the Art of Science

Sometimes the connection between art and science is clear.

If Your Shrink Is a Bot, How Do You Respond?
From ACM News

If Your Shrink Is a Bot, How Do You Respond?

Her hair is brown and tied back into a professional-looking ponytail.

Helper Robots Are Steered, Tentatively, to Care For the Aging
From ACM News

Helper Robots Are Steered, Tentatively, to Care For the Aging

In the opening scene of the movie "Robot & Frank," which takes place in the near future, Frank, an elderly man who lives alone, is arguing with his son about going...

Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target
From ACM News

Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."

Web Browsers Are Reinvented
From ACM News

Web Browsers Are Reinvented

Mobile phones, wearable devices, and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology. But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend...

Chatting in Code on Walkie-Talkies in Pakistan's Restive Tribal Areas
From ACM News

Chatting in Code on Walkie-Talkies in Pakistan's Restive Tribal Areas

Sharif loves using his mukhabera. "I use it daily, mostly at night time, because signals are clear at that time," he says. "I am in touch with most of my friends...

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
From ACM News

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?
From ACM Opinion

Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?

Forty-five years after Intel was founded by Silicon Valley legends Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce, it is the world's leading semiconductor company.
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