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May 2017


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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help it reach this goal.


From ACM News

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

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


From ACM Careers

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.


From ACM TechNews

Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics

Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.


From ACM TechNews

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace

Massachusetts Institute of Technology principal research scientist Andrew McAfee says the pace of machine-learning advancement is often underestimated.


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Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google has unveiled a new approach to machine learning in which neural networks are used to build better neural networks.


From ACM News

Making Machines Make Sense

Making Machines Make Sense

Researchers are working to imbue computing devices with sophisticated object recognition and tactile capabilities that could take computer sensing to an entirely new level.


From ACM Careers

A Brief History of SETI@Home

A Brief History of SETI@Home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world.


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River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes

River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes

At this point, we've worked out the basics of the processes that produced the topography around us here on Earth.


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U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 

U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant…


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America’s dangerous Internet delusion

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

Despite enormous benefits, the Internet also encourages crime, global conflict, and economic disruption.


From ACM TechNews

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.


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Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software

New software is designed to eliminate multiple hypothesis testing errors in interactive data exploration and visualization systems using real-time statistical safeguards.


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Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

A team of researchers says a new machine-learning algorithm can take a recipe and transform it into an alternative dietary style.


From ACM TechNews

Google Program Inspires Kids to Learn Coding

Google Program Inspires Kids to Learn Coding

Google's Code in the Community Program aims to help 3,000 underprivileged children develop computational skills for possible technology careers.


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New Computation Tools Enable Much Faster and Cheaper Product Development

New Computation Tools Enable Much Faster and Cheaper Product Development

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have developed faster, more accurate, and agile computation tools and methods.


From ACM News

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity.


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In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

French computer scientist Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 15.


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Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington.


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FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on Internet providers.


From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Algorithms Re-Create City in 3D Using Only Image Data

Machine Learning Algorithms Re-Create City in 3D Using Only Image Data

Varcity is a new platform that collects massive amounts of image data of a city and uses algorithms to automatically create a three-dimensional model of it.


From ACM TechNews

Cinematography on the Fly

Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.


From ACM TechNews

This Spy App Can See If You've Visited Whistleblowing Sites on the Dark Web

This Spy App Can See If You've Visited Whistleblowing Sites on the Dark Web

New spyware can determine whether online users have visited whistleblowing sites on the Dark Web.


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Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music

Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music

Researchers say they have created the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip, based on OxRAM technology, that demonstrates the ability to compose music.


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Microrobots Inspired by Nature

Microrobots Inspired by Nature

Researchers have developed microrobots that mimic the rowing action of the cilia present in the single-celled paramecium.


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What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers

What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of mechanized worker has hit apple orchards.


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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen.


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Vint Cerf on His 'Love Affair' with Tech and What’s Coming Next

Vint Cerf on His 'Love Affair' with Tech and What’s Coming Next

The father of the Internet looks back at the last 50 years, and ahead to what faces IT.


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Patching the Electric Grid

Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems like North America's at particular risk, according to the World…

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