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The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too
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The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing...

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality
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Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality

Advances in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics are converging to make the Holodeck featured on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"...

Making America's Power Grid Much, Much Smarter
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Making America's Power Grid Much, Much Smarter

Researchers are working to reinvent and protect the U.S. power grid.

Finding Faces in a Crowd
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Finding Faces in a Crowd

Researchers have developed an improved method for coding important context from an image that enables a significant advance in detecting tiny faces.

Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century
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Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century

Tom Sorell, a professor at the University of Warwick in the U.K., suggests Isaac Asimov's famed "Three Laws of Robotics" need updating for the modern era,

Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M
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Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M

The U.S. technology job market has expanded 2% to about 7.3 million employees since 2016, with 6.9 million employed by technology companies, according to CompTIA's...

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
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Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished...

Will Using AI To Make Loans Trade One Kind Of Bias For Another?
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Will Using AI To Make Loans Trade One Kind Of Bias For Another?

The next loan you get may depend less on your credit score and more on what a program thinks of your online habits. Digital lenders say the process will be more...

Can Robots Write Meaningful News?
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Can Robots Write Meaningful News?

The new Digital Personalization of the News project will  explore whether robots can enhance journalism.

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly
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Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.

Faster Page Loads
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Faster Page Loads

Flowtune is a new system for allocating bandwidth in datacenter networks.

Cybersecurity Expert Studies Novel Tools to Thwart Attacks
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Cybersecurity Expert Studies Novel Tools to Thwart Attacks

California State University, Fullerton professor Mikhail Gofman says maintaining cybersecurity "requires constant work, commitment, and dedication."

Psychologists Enlist Machine Learning to Help Diagnose Depression
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Psychologists Enlist Machine Learning to Help Diagnose Depression

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to recognize patterns in neuroimaging data predictive of mental disorders such...

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
From ACM Opinion

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, by Hand
From ACM News

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, by Hand

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don't count on a good view.

For Sale: Your Private Browsing History
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For Sale: Your Private Browsing History

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill...

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own

Dance Dance Convolution is a new system that takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs, and produces dance routines as an output.

A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines
From ACM TechNews

A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines

Researchers have developed a method that could make it possible to produce some of the narrowest microchip wires ever.
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