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Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley
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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.

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.

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics
From ACM TechNews

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics

Researchers at King's College London in the U.K. reviewed three-dimensional facial simulations of about 1,000 female twins, and found the shapes of specific facial...

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
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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.

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.

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?
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Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?

A new supercomputing algorithm can determine whether state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, with the potential of reshaping U.S. electoral politics...

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
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Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.

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
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How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

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

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...

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think
From ACM News

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors

Researchers have developed four computer-learning algorithms that significantly outperform American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines...

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)
From ACM News

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System
From ACM News

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and...

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
From ACM News

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.
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