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July 2017


From ACM TechNews

Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software

Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software

Researchers are using machine learning to train computers to build statistical models that can predict future criminal behavior.


From ACM News

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.


From ACM Careers

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here filled with cafes, hyped restaurants and brick rowhouses being renovated…


From ACM News

How Checkers Was Solved

How Checkers Was Solved

The story of a duel between two men, one who dies, and the nature of the quest to build artificial intelligence.


From ACM News

From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'

From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim.


From ACM News

We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way, we ought to be thinking about how to say hello to our neighbours.


From ACM News

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State Council.


From ACM TechNews

Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a mind-reading program that deciphers symbols that people have viewed.


From ACM TechNews

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.


From ACM TechNews

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.


From ACM TechNews

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a neural network designed specifically to work on mobile devices.


From ACM Opinion

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.


From ACM News

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.


From ACM TechNews

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency

Researchers have built a framework for autonomous underwater vehicles that enables the machines to plan energy-efficient trajectories.


From ACM TechNews

Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Researchers have used supercomputers to integrate massive codes that combine physical and biological processes in the Earth system with feedback from human activity.


From ACM TechNews

Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Researchers at Lehigh University's Optimization and Machine Learning research group and IBM Research have made progress in solving optimal smart grid power flow problems.


From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Scientists have used artificial intelligence technology to make 100 billion annotations of behavior from 400,000 fruit flies.


From ACM News

NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious and elusive object that its New Horizons spacecraft will visit next.


From ACM News

When Cars Fly

When Cars Fly

The idea of personal air vehicles has been around for decades. Now the concept is taking off.


From ACM News

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to focus on tangible problems about solid materials.


From ACM News

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that can record high-fidelity signals from 1 million neurons.


From ACM TechNews

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.


From ACM TechNews

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.


From ACM TechNews

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce worldwide.


From ACM TechNews

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding

Northwestern University researchers say they have developed a new, non-destructive technology that reveals medieval texts hidden inside of ancient bookbindings.


From ACM TechNews

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

Researchers at Brown University have developed a system designed to help robots better follow spoken instructions.


From ACM TechNews

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings.


From ACM News

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones to capture everything they do.


From ACM News

Milner Award and Lecture

Milner Award and Lecture

Announcing the Milner Award Medallist 2018.


From ACM News

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise was holding steady—or even declining.