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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google

Blossom is a social robot built from natural materials like cotton and wool.

Humans, Cover Your Mouths: Lip Reading Bots in the Wild
From ACM TechNews

Humans, Cover Your Mouths: Lip Reading Bots in the Wild

A new algorithm has outperformed professional human lip readers.

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
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What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

Several experts rebut a former Google employee's conceit that innate biological differences underlie female software engineers' underrepresentation in the tech...

These Robots Are Using Static Electricity to Make Nikes
From ACM Careers

These Robots Are Using Static Electricity to Make Nikes

The most labor intensive part of putting together a pair of Nikes is assembling the "upper"—the flexible part of the shoe that sits on top of your foot.

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
From ACM Opinion

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

Reprogrammed Cells Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms in Trials 
From ACM News

Reprogrammed Cells Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms in Trials 

Japanese researchers report promising results from an experimental therapy for Parkinson's disease that involves implanting neurons made from 'reprogrammed' stem...

White House Floats Vision for IT Modernization
From ACM News

White House Floats Vision for IT Modernization

The report sets as high-level goals a vision for the future of federal IT, and a plan to jumpstart government transition to that vision.

Unifying Statistics, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics
From ACM TechNews

Unifying Statistics, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics

A project led by Lehigh University will advance machine learning by merging statistical, computer science, and applied mathematical techniques.

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
From ACM TechNews

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

Internet service providers can access the data on Internet-connected devices people use in their homes, even when those devices are set up to protect users' privacy...

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
From ACM Opinion

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

Artificial Intelligence Analyzes Gravitational Lenses 10 Million Times Faster
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Analyzes Gravitational Lenses 10 Million Times Faster

Researchers have demonstrated that neural networks can accurately analyze gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods.

Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient
From ACM TechNews

Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient

BlueCache is a more energy-efficient datacenter caching system that uses flash memory.

Enhancing Disease Modeling
From ACM News

Enhancing Disease Modeling

Computational math and biology yield sophisticated guidance for public health officials.

Designing Custom Robots in a Matter of Minutes
From ACM TechNews

Designing Custom Robots in a Matter of Minutes

The Interactive Robogami system lets users quickly design a robot, and then three-dimensionally print and assemble it in as little as four hours.

The Quest to Perfect the Universal Language of Science
From ACM News

The Quest to Perfect the Universal Language of Science

For millennia, humans have turned to the sky to tell time.

Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures
From ACM News

Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures

Twenty years ago, in the wee hours of a muggy Florida morning, the Cassini spacecraft lit up the skies as it blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

New App Could Use Smartphone Selfies to Screen for Pancreatic Cancer
From ACM TechNews

New App Could Use Smartphone Selfies to Screen for Pancreatic Cancer

The BiliScreen app provides pancreatic cancer screening by having users take photos of themselves with a smartphone.

Everyone's an Expert, but a Computer Program May Be Able to Pick the Best Ones
From ACM TechNews

Everyone's an Expert, but a Computer Program May Be Able to Pick the Best Ones

A new algorithm analyzed the estimates of an agribusiness expert and helped a business division at an agricultural chemicals company improve its forecast accuracy...

Shark-hunting AI-Powered Algorithm to Begin Flying Over Aussie Beaches
From ACM TechNews

Shark-hunting AI-Powered Algorithm to Begin Flying Over Aussie Beaches

SharkSpotter is a new deep learning algorithm that can use real-time video footage streamed from aerial drones to detect sharks and alert swimmers.

Nagoya-Led Team Flips the Switch on Ferroelectrics
From ACM TechNews

Nagoya-Led Team Flips the Switch on Ferroelectrics

An international research team has devised a new technique for controlling the domain structure of ferroelectric materials.
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