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Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists
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Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Computer science professor Megan Squire  has created an array of programs that monitor approximately 400,000 accounts of white nationalists on Facebook and elsewhere...

The War Over the Value of Personal Data
From Communications of the ACM

The War Over the Value of Personal Data

In a world increasingly dependent on turning personal data into profits, it is unclear how much that data is actually worth.

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots
From ACM TechNews

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers are developing robotic swarms that can be rapidly customized, self-assembled, and self-deployed without human intervention.

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy
From ACM News

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy


Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?
From ACM News

Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?

Soldiers in one study were more open with a virtual character about post-traumatic stress symptoms than with human doctors.

Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better
From ACM TechNews

Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help artificial intelligence and humans learn to cooperate.

Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators
From ACM TechNews

Professor Designs Algorithms to Make Robots Better Collaborators

Researchers are developing algorithms that enable groups of robots to make good decisions despite inherent communication delays in information sharing.

New Blueprint For Converging Hpc, Big Data
From ACM TechNews

New Blueprint For Converging Hpc, Big Data

A group of high-performance computing experts has released a report as a blueprint for aligning computational infrastructures.

New Research Adds Physiology to Computer Models
From ACM TechNews

New Research Adds Physiology to Computer Models

Researchers contend that without a physiological complement, a computer program modeling the mind would just be a brain in a vat.

Computer Codes Make Sweet Music For Self-Playing Piano
From ACM TechNews

Computer Codes Make Sweet Music For Self-Playing Piano

Researchers used unique software to create an interactive self-playing piano performance.

Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech
From ACM News

Security Fears Spark Crackdown on Chinese Tech

The federal government is taking steps to reduce the presence of some Chinese technology firms in American markets.

Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles For Runway Renaming
From ACM News

Thank the Planet's Shifty Magnetic Poles For Runway Renaming

For decades, pilots heading into or out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in southeast Kansas have had three runways to choose from: 1L/19R, 1R/19L, and 14...

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles
From ACM Careers

China Declared World's Largest Producer of Scientific Articles

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National...

AI 'scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria
From ACM TechNews

AI 'scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria

Researchers discovered that a toothpaste ingredient could be used as a drug against strains of malaria resistant to existing drugs.

Nus Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip For Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and Iot Applications
From ACM TechNews

Nus Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip For Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and Iot Applications

EQSCALE is a new microchip that captures visual details from video frames using 20 times less power than existing chips.

Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?
From ACM TechNews

Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?

A Dartmouth College research study found the COMPAS computer program performed about as well as humans at predicting recidivism.

Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions
From ACM TechNews

Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions

Researchers in Japan used the K supercomputer to show incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals into weather prediction models can improve weather predictions...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
From ACM News

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

Brain Mri, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language
From ACM TechNews

Brain Mri, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language

A new method using two types of computing technology can predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery.

New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time
From ACM TechNews

New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time

Researchers say they have developed a new dynamic statistical model to visualize changing patterns in networks.
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