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December 2012


From ACM TechNews

Big Nsf Grant Funds Research Into Training Robots to Work With Humans

Big Nsf Grant Funds Research Into Training Robots to Work With Humans

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.5 million grant to University of California, Berkeley robotics researchers Ken Goldberg and Pieter Abbeel and colleagues from four other universities to pursue research into…


From ACM TechNews

Html5 Is Now Feature-Complete; Here's What Comes Next

Html5 Is Now Feature-Complete; Here's What Comes Next

The World Wide Web Consortium is mapping out enhancements for future versions of its HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications, which it recently declared "feature-complete."


From ACM Opinion

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.


From ACM Opinion

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.


From ACM News

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Warning, Speedsters: You Can't Fool Quantum Radar

Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?


From ACM Opinion

Debunker of Doomsday: Nasa Scientist Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the World

Debunker of Doomsday: Nasa Scientist Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the World

Swirling with lunacy and paranoia, the theories warn of mayhem and cataclysm.


From ACM News

A More Human Artificial Brain

A More Human Artificial Brain

There are times when I wonder why so many scientists are spending so much time trying to recreate something as fickle and full of fogginess as the human brain.


From ACM News

Robotic Gadgets For Household Chores

Robotic Gadgets For Household Chores

Joseph Schlesinger, an engineer living near Boston, thinks robotic toys are too expensive, the result of extravagant designs, expensive components and a poor understanding of consumer tastes.


From ACM TechNews

Touchpad Steering Wheel Keeps Eyes on the Road

Touchpad Steering Wheel Keeps Eyes on the Road

Intel researchers have developed a touch-sensitive steering wheel that enables drivers to call up information that is displayed on the windshield.


From ACM TechNews

Ibm: In the Next 5 Years Computers Will Learn, Mimic the Human Senses

Ibm: In the Next 5 Years Computers Will Learn, Mimic the Human Senses

A new generation of machines that learn, adapt, sense, and experience the world as humans do through the five basic senses is one of the technologies highlighted in IBM researchers' annual report on the five biggest technologies…


From ACM TechNews

Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf

Tor: An Anonymous, and Controversial, Way to Web-Surf

The Tor Project, which was created 10 years ago to hide the online activity of dissidents in countries that censor the Internet, has recently seen its popularity grow in the United States and Europe because of concerns over Internet…


From ACM TechNews

Computers Write the Books, to Insead Prof's Credit

Computers Write the Books, to Insead Prof's Credit

INSEAD professor Philip M. Parker has patented a system that algorithmically compiles data into book form.


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Intel Offers an Image of the Workplace of the Future

Intel Offers an Image of the Workplace of the Future

Intel researchers recently offered predictions on how workers and workplaces will change over the next 10 to 20 years. "Most people work 9-to-5 jobs, are self employed or employed by one company but not both, and most have colleagues…


From ACM News

Real 'Touch' Screens and Tasteful Computers: IBM Predicts the Future

Real 'Touch' Screens and Tasteful Computers: IBM Predicts the Future

What if a computer could let us "feel" the texture of a fabric before we buy clothes online? Or gives us a whiff—or even a taste—of a meal we're thinking of preparing?


From ACM News

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and the connections between them—had tripled in size over its first seven…


From ACM Careers

Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance

Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance

After years of being wallflowers at Silicon Valley's hottest tech conferences and Sean Parker's after-parties, enterprise technology firms are now part of the "in" crowd.


From ACM News

Looking at the Battle of Gettysburg Through Robert E. Lee's Eyes

Looking at the Battle of Gettysburg Through Robert E. Lee's Eyes

Anne Kelly Knowles loves places where history happened.


From ACM News

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.


From ACM TechNews

Verizon to Test Support For One Password For Whole Internet

Verizon to Test Support For One Password For Whole Internet

Online identity and technology companies are collaborating to test whether consumers would trust a single, highly secure user-password combination for all of their online accounts.


From ACM TechNews

Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones

Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones

University of Tokyo researchers have developed Kenshiro, a human-like musculoskelatal robot whose underlying structure closely mimics the human form.


From ACM TechNews

New Standard/tool Address Security Dependencies

New Standard/tool Address Security Dependencies

The standards organization Open Group has created a standard for modeling security dependencies. The "Dependency Modeling Standard" will enable the military and other enterprises to model their reliance on technology, services…


From ACM News

Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars

Selling Flak Jackets in the Cyberwars

When the Israeli army and Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks dumps a trove of classified documents, some see a lawless Internet.


From ACM News

There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It

There's So Much Data that We're Running Out of Words to Describe It

The world is producing and storing data at such a rate that the day isn't far off when we will literally no longer have a proper way of describing it.


From ACM TechNews

Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Gets Closer Than Ever to Human Limb

Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Gets Closer Than Ever to Human Limb

U.S. researchers say they have developed a robotic arm directly controlled by brain impulses that is superior to other robotic limbs in mimicking the fluidity and control of the human arm.


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Will Be Commercially Available in 20 Years: Scientist

Quantum Computers Will Be Commercially Available in 20 Years: Scientist

University of New South Wales professor Andrew Dzurak predicts that commercially available quantum computing will in arrive two decades, while demonstrations of complex modeling via quantum computing will emerge within 10 years…


From ACM TechNews

Stretchable Electronics

Stretchable Electronics

University of Delaware researchers are developing power sources for flexible, stretchable electronics, which could find applications in biomedical, wearable, portable, and sensory devices.


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Follow the Eyes: Head-Mounted Cameras Could Help Robots Understand Social Interactions

Follow the Eyes: Head-Mounted Cameras Could Help Robots Understand Social Interactions

Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers have developed an algorithm that uses crowdsourcing to detect where people's gazes intersect. The researchers say the algorithm could be used by robots to evaluate social cues.


From ACM TechNews

Online Learning Tool Brings 'the Crowd' Into Homework Assignments

Online Learning Tool Brings 'the Crowd' Into Homework Assignments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed Caesar, a computer system designed to provide students with feedback on their homework assignments and create more interaction between students, teachers, and alumni…


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Got Food Allergies? Now You Can Test Your Meal on the Spot Using a Cell Phone

Got Food Allergies? Now You Can Test Your Meal on the Spot Using a Cell Phone

UCLA researchers have developed iTube, a lightweight device that attaches to a cell phone to detect allergens in food samples. iTube uses the cell phone's built-in camera and a smartphone application to run a laboratory-level…


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Content Is King: Can Researchers Design an Information-Centric Internet?

Content Is King: Can Researchers Design an Information-Centric Internet?

The Internet needs to be transformed from a network that emphasizes where data is located to one that focuses on the nature of the data itself, according to former Palo Alto Research Center research fellow Van Jacobson.