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This AI Hunts Poachers
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This AI Hunts Poachers

Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security is an artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning algorithms to predict where poaching is likely to occur...

Student Device Detects Potholes, Car Crashes
From ACM TechNews

Student Device Detects Potholes, Car Crashes

Researchers say they have developed a device that can detect car crashes and alert emergency services.

Trojan Team's Bias-Busting App Wins Third Prize at Facebook Global Hackathon
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Trojan Team's Bias-Busting App Wins Third Prize at Facebook Global Hackathon

Team Artemis of the University of Southern California won third prize at the 2017 Facebook Global Hackathon for a virtual reality tool designed to rid the workplace...

Expansion of Ap Computer Science Courses Draws More Girls and Minorities
From ACM TechNews

Expansion of Ap Computer Science Courses Draws More Girls and Minorities

The College Board's Advanced Placement computer science classes are being expanded to attract more girls and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. to participate...

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley For Riches Back Home
From ACM Careers

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley For Riches Back Home

A few years ago, Wang Yi was living the American dream. He had graduated from Princeton, landed a job at Google and bought a spacious condo in Silicon Valley.

"when Performance Is Pursued Above All"
From ACM News

"when Performance Is Pursued Above All"

Long-overlooked CPU vulnerabilities have come to light.

Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers
From ACM Opinion

Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers

Hundreds of gadget makers and software companies at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas are staking the success of their newest products...

Team's Lifesaving App Could Help Farmworkers Beat the Heat
From ACM TechNews

Team's Lifesaving App Could Help Farmworkers Beat the Heat

Calor is a new smartphone app designed to send automatic heat warnings to farmworkers in the field.

A New AI That Detects 'deception' May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It
From ACM TechNews

A New AI That Detects 'deception' May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It

The Deception Analysis and Reasoning Engine uses artificial intelligence to autonomously detect deception in courtroom trial videos.

Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open
From ACM TechNews

Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open

Researchers hope to make a fragile ancient Coptic codex readable by scanning it with computerized tomography and then using software to extract legible text.

Driverless Cars Might Follow the Rules of the Road, but What About the Language of Driving?
From ACM TechNews

Driverless Cars Might Follow the Rules of the Road, but What About the Language of Driving?

Navigating the complexity of unspoken rules and social and linguistic cues to communicate with drivers, pedestrians, and others sharing the road is a challenge...

Japanese Scientists Just Used AI to Read Minds and It's Amazing
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Scientists Just Used AI to Read Minds and It's Amazing

Researchers say they have used deep neural networks to decode thoughts.

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot
From ACM News

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

China Becomes One of the Top 5 U.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time
From ACM News

China Becomes One of the Top 5 U.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time

Chinese companies have increased the number of U.S. patents they've received by tenfold in less than 10 years, another sign that the world's second-largest economy...

Fbi Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'
From ACM News

Fbi Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director...

Can You Save the World with Origami?
From ACM TechNews

Can You Save the World with Origami?

Teams of students demonstrated a broad range of original video games at the University of Southern California GamePipe Laboratory Fall 2017 Showcase.

Huskie Hackers Developed Innovative Solutions to Health and Wellness Challenges
From ACM TechNews

Huskie Hackers Developed Innovative Solutions to Health and Wellness Challenges

The 2017 Northern Illinois University Huskie Hack featured 269 student hackers who were tasked with developing solutions to health- and wellness-related challenges...

Next-Gen Flexible Robots Move and Heal Like US
From ACM TechNews

Next-Gen Flexible Robots Move and Heal Like US

Researchers are developing next-generation robots from soft materials that react to applied voltage with a wide range of motions.

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Researchers are using deep-learning convolutional neural networks to analyze retinal photos to predict a person's blood pressure, age, and smoking status.

Autonomous Construction Vehicles Are Building the Future
From ACM News

Autonomous Construction Vehicles Are Building the Future

Self-operated construction vehicles will gain traction long before self-driving cars.
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