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What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?
From ACM TechNews

What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?

Researchers have developed a system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media.

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries
From ACM News

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent...

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do
From ACM News

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.

Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses
From ACM TechNews

Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses

Industrial trends in high-performance computing are setting a foundation for the eventual pervasiveness of artificial intelligence and big data applications within...

Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog
From Communications of the ACM

Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog

Analog circuits consume less power per operation than CMOS technologies, and so should prove more efficient.

Cracking the Code on DNA Storage
From Communications of the ACM

Cracking the Code on DNA Storage

Researchers are tapping DNA to create a new and different type of storage media. The technology could prove revolutionary.

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave
From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave

Flush with recent successes, and pushed by even newer technology, AI systems could get much smarter.

Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017
From Communications of the ACM

Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Jean E. Sammet, an American computer scientist who served as the first female president of ACM, passed away on May 21 at the age of 89.

Taking a Ride in MIT's Self-Driving Wheelchair
From ACM TechNews

Taking a Ride in MIT's Self-Driving Wheelchair

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a self-driving wheelchair currently undergoing testing on the MIT campus...

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls
From ACM TechNews

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior...

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You
From ACM TechNews

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people...

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves
From ACM News

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'
From ACM News

Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune...

New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure
From ACM News

New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure

In July, researchers at the University of Tokyo will announce a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams.

The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight
From ACM TechNews

The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight

The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance...

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life
From ACM TechNews

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough
From ACM TechNews

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education...

What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like
From ACM TechNews

What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like

Researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab have found that bots they were training to negotiate with each other began conversing in a non-human...

Illinois Researchers Build Dropbox-Like Storage, Analytical System for Scientific Data
From ACM TechNews

Illinois Researchers Build Dropbox-Like Storage, Analytical System for Scientific Data

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are studying how to accelerate the materials-to-device process through a new framework that links...

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
From ACM News

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.
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