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AI for the Common Good
From ACM News

AI for the Common Good

Considering guiding principles for artificial intelligence with regard to privacy and security.

Agencies 'Flying Blind' Without More Data
From ACM TechNews

Agencies 'Flying Blind' Without More Data

U.S. government agencies require better tools and datasets to assess how artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will impact the private-sector...

Protecting the Smart Grid
From ACM News

Protecting the Smart Grid

Microgrids can provide greater resiliency.

Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM
From ACM TechNews

Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
From ACM News

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
From ACM Opinion

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

NASA Selects Three Aeronautics Teams to Explore 'Ambitious' Ideas
From ACM TechNews

NASA Selects Three Aeronautics Teams to Explore 'Ambitious' Ideas

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected three teams of researchers to pursue ideas for creating components of Unmanned Aircraft Systems...

A Stepping Stone to STEM?
From ACM News

A Stepping Stone to STEM?

Engineering technology courses at community colleges are serving as a pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degrees and jobs.

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture
From ACM TechNews

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture

Despite the technology industry's attempts to achieve gender equality, the sector suffers from chronic underrepresentation of women.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award
From ACM News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors Hendler for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access.

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education
From ACM News

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

An international youth organization challenges and encourages students to stick with science, technology, engineering, and math.

Preventing Software From Causing Injury
From ACM TechNews

Preventing Software From Causing Injury

The Self-Report Ergonomic Assessment Tool is being designed to help develop safer software by ascertaining how much stress computer programs put on users.

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
From ACM TechNews

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes...

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing
From ACM News

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing

Future quantum computers will need software tailored to their specific ways of operating.

How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything
From ACM News

How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything

Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued...

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
From ACM News

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three
From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

Parasitic Robot System for Turtle's Waypoint Navigation
From ACM TechNews

Parasitic Robot System for Turtle's Waypoint Navigation

Researchers have developed a parasitic robot system, a hybrid animal-robot interaction that mimics the natural relationship between parasites and hosts.

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017
From ACM News

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Sammet was the first female president of ACM, and a pioneer in programming languages.

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites
From ACM Careers

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.
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