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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left
From ACM TechNews

Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left

Getting driverless cars to make safe left turns at intersections is a key challenge for engineers, as they involve both psychology and technology.

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley
From ACM TechNews

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

The tendency for people to be repelled by increasingly humanoid and human-like robots may extend to chatbots and digital assistants as well.

The Internet of Things
From Communications of the ACM

The Internet of Things

2009 ACM Prize recipient Eric Brewer, 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Vint Cerf, 2016–2017 Athena Lecturer Jennifer Rexford, ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award...

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
From ACM News

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
From ACM News

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps
From ACM TechNews

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

A collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Google has enabled the Internet company to reduce the number of fraudulent businesses...

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
From ACM News

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
From ACM Careers

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
From ACM News

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 
From ACM Careers

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

Motor Neurons Adjust to Control Tasks
From ACM TechNews

Motor Neurons Adjust to Control Tasks

Researchers have found that motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner.

Cyber Threat Info Sharing Made Easier
From ACM TechNews

Cyber Threat Info Sharing Made Easier

The next iteration of the Structured Threat Information eXchange machine-to-machine cyberthreat information-sharing language is nearing completion.

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security
From ACM TechNews

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security

Researchers say they have developed the first-ever detailed worldwide map of the Internet.

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
From ACM News

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker
From ACM Opinion

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.

Scientists Develop a Novel Algorithm Inspired by Bee Colonies to Help Dismantling Criminal Social Networks
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Develop a Novel Algorithm Inspired by Bee Colonies to Help Dismantling Criminal Social Networks

Researchers have developed an algorithm designed to counter both physical and virtual threats to social networks.

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble
From ACM TechNews

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble

Researchers have developed a statistical scheme that detects when senior citizens or others need help after falling.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
From ACM Careers

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Locking Out the Hackers
From ACM News

Locking Out the Hackers

New hardware, services are aimed at identifying malware before it has the chance to execute.

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
From ACM News

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...
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