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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25%
From ACM TechNews

Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25%

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a mobile app that purportedly reduces the energy consumption of Android smartphones.

Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures
From ACM TechNews

Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures

More than 10,000 crowdsourced algorithms can enable clinically relevant epileptic seizure prediction across a broad spectrum of patients.

Transistor Technology May Improve Speed, Battery Life for Computers, Mobile Phones, Other Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Transistor Technology May Improve Speed, Battery Life for Computers, Mobile Phones, Other Electronics

Purdue University researchers have developed a technology design for field effect transistors that incorporates lasers.

Robots Have Power to Significantly Influence Children's Opinions
From ACM TechNews

Robots Have Power to Significantly Influence Children's Opinions

Researchers have demonstrated that young children are much more susceptible than adults to having their opinions and decisions influenced by robots.

AI Has a Racial Bias Problem. Google Is Funding Summer Camps to Try to Change That
From ACM TechNews

AI Has a Racial Bias Problem. Google Is Funding Summer Camps to Try to Change That

The Oakland, CA-based nonprofit AI4All will use a $1-million grant from Google.org to broaden its outreach to young underrepresented minorities and women.

LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart
From ACM TechNews

LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart

University of California, San Diego researchers are developing a Wi-Fi-based system using inexpensive tags that can be stuck to everyday non-electronic objects....

How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind
From ACM News

How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind

Imagine standing in an elevator as the doors begin to close and suddenly seeing a couple at the end of the corridor running toward you.

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
From ACM TechNews

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
From ACM News

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

Automating Negotiation
From ACM News

Automating Negotiation

Computers are starting to outperform the average human at negotiation.

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000
From ACM TechNews

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer an online cybersecurity master's degree that will cost students less than $10,000, in collaboration with edX.

Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack

Fax machines still in use by millions of organizations worldwide could be exploited by hackers to launch cyberattacks.

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real
From ACM TechNews

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a virtual reality system to add realism to virtual surgical training.

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
From ACM TechNews

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
From ACM News

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
From ACM TechNews

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
From ACM TechNews

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...
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