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The Disappearing American Grad Student
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The Disappearing American Grad Student

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
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Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial"...

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?
From ACM TechNews

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

University of Southern California Viterbi professor Fei Sha plans to focus her efforts on applying the findings of statistical machine learning to medical science...

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to a mosquito-monitoring platform.

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon
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UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

The University of Maryland recently hosted its third all-women hackathon.

Bringing History to Life
From ACM TechNews

Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.
From ACM News

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
From ACM News

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age
From ACM TechNews

CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age

Completely Automated Public Turing Tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) appear to be heading toward obsolescence.

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis
From ACM TechNews

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

FeatureHub is a new collaboration tool designed to make feature identification more efficient and effective.

Smart Access to Homes and Cars Using Fingers
From ACM TechNews

Smart Access to Homes and Cars Using Fingers

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a low-cost, minimal-power smart access system that can authenticate users by sensing their finger vibrations.

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft--for Now
From ACM TechNews

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft--for Now

Professional player Song Byung-gu won a recent "StarCraft" tournament in South Korea, beating four artificial intelligence programs in less than 30 minutes.

Graphene Enables High-Speed Electronics on Flexible Materials
From ACM TechNews

Graphene Enables High-Speed Electronics on Flexible Materials

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have used graphene transistors on plastic substrates to develop a flexible detector for terahertz frequencies...

USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion
From ACM News

USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
From ACM News

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...

ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities
From ACM TechNews

ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities

Researchers are partnering with Oak Ridge, TN, to develop a sensor network and real-time visualization platform that helps cities evaluate urban activity trends...

U. of Michigan Expert Puts Bird-Like Robot Through Its Paces
From ACM TechNews

U. of Michigan Expert Puts Bird-Like Robot Through Its Paces

University of Michigan researchers are working with a two-legged robot bird they say could eventually be used in search-and-rescue missions.

Propaganda Bots vs. Transparency
From ACM News

Propaganda Bots vs. Transparency

An electoral 'arms race.'

'Twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications
From ACM TechNews

'Twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path for Wireless Communications

Researchers have researched "optical angular momentum" to overcome challenges with using "twisted" photons across open spaces and enable advanced wireless communications...

How Songbirds Learn a New Song
From ACM TechNews

How Songbirds Learn a New Song

Researchers studying how Zebra finches learn new songs have found the birds' strategy closely resembles methods used in computer linguistics to compare documents...
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