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December 2015


From ACM TechNews

How Long ­ntil We Can Build R2-D2 and C-3po?

How Long ­ntil We Can Build R2-D2 and C-3po?

Creating socially intelligent, interactive robots such as those depicted in the "Star Wars" films is a challenging proposal.


From ACM TechNews

Is Evolution More Intelligent Than We Thought?

Is Evolution More Intelligent Than We Thought?

University of Southampton researchers have shown that evolution can learn from previous experience.


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The Billion-Dollar Robot Question--How Can We Make Sure They're Safe?

The Billion-Dollar Robot Question--How Can We Make Sure They're Safe?

The advent of unsupervised robots raises the question of how to ensure their safety. 


From ACM Careers

The First Person to Hack the Iphone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

The First Person to Hack the Iphone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

A few days before Thanksgiving, George Hotz, a 26-year-old hacker, invites me to his house in San Francisco to check out a project he’s been working on.


From ACM News

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers.


From ACM News

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Until now, Facewatch has provided local groups of businesses with a way to share their CCTV images of shoplifters and other potential offenders.


From ACM TechNews

Deep-Learning Algorithm Predicts Photos' Memorability at "near-Human" Levels

Deep-Learning Algorithm Predicts Photos' Memorability at "near-Human" Levels

Researchers say they have developed an algorithm that can predict how memorable or forgettable a given image is almost as accurately as humans. 


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­ of W Research Could Revolutionize the Way We Drive

­ of W Research Could Revolutionize the Way We Drive

University of Windsor researchers are programming technology designed to reduce roadway collisions. 


From ACM TechNews

Social Media News Consumers at Higher Risk of 'information Bubbles,' Iu Study Says

Social Media News Consumers at Higher Risk of 'information Bubbles,' Iu Study Says

People who get their news from social media are more likely to becoming trapped in a "collective social bubble" compared to those who get their news from search engines. 


From ACM TechNews

How Someday Robots May Run to the Rescue--Literally

How Someday Robots May Run to the Rescue--Literally

A research team in Ann Arbor, MI, is working to revolutionize walking robot control algorithms. 


From ACM TechNews

'fog' Computing Harnesses Personal Devices to Speed Wireless Networks

'fog' Computing Harnesses Personal Devices to Speed Wireless Networks

The new nonprofit Open Fog Consortium is dedicated to creating the basic infrastructure for fog computing.


From ACM News

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

No terror organization uses the Internet as successfully when it comes to marketing itself and recruiting supporters as Islamic State (IS) does. But how is it able to do so given that the group operates in a region where telecommunications…


From ACM News

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

A thrilling chapter in the exploration of the solar system will soon conclude, as NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of the ocean-bearing moon Enceladus.


From ACM News

Physicists in Europe Find Tantalizing Hints of a Mysterious New Particle

Physicists in Europe Find Tantalizing Hints of a Mysterious New Particle

Does the Higgs boson have a cousin?


From ACM TechNews

Say What? Scientists Devise an Algorithm That Detects Sarcasm Better Than Humans Can

Say What? Scientists Devise an Algorithm That Detects Sarcasm Better Than Humans Can

Researchers say they have developed a computer system that can identify the emotion behind a tweet with 85% accuracy.


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Nist Adds to Quantum Computing Toolkit With Mixed-Atom Logic Operations

Nist Adds to Quantum Computing Toolkit With Mixed-Atom Logic Operations

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers performed logic operations with two atoms of different elements.


From ACM TechNews

Facedirector Software Generates Desired Performances in Post-Production, Avoiding Reshoots

Facedirector Software Generates Desired Performances in Post-Production, Avoiding Reshoots

New software could mean film directors will no longer need to reshoot crucial scenes dozens of times until they are satisfied. 


From ACM TechNews

Wearable Energy Generator ­ses ­rine to Power Wireless Transmitter

Wearable Energy Generator ­ses ­rine to Power Wireless Transmitter

Researchers say they have developed the first self-sufficient system powered by a wearable energy generator based on microbial fuel cell technology. 


From ACM News

China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions

China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions

Heads of state, including the prime ministers of Pakistan and Russia, and major technology firms will gather Wednesday in Wuzhen, a picturesque little town of canals and boats in eastern China, to talk about the Internet.


From ACM News

Two Atoms Make Quantum Memory, Processing Gate, and Test of Entanglement

Two Atoms Make Quantum Memory, Processing Gate, and Test of Entanglement

Quantum systems are inherently fragile as any interactions with the outside world can change their state.


From ACM News

The Bioficial Heart

The Bioficial Heart

Researchers aim to build replacements for human organs using 3D printing.


From ACM News

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens?

The computer mouse, when it first went mainstream, was awkward to describe but easy to use.


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The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones

The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones

Drones are the hallmark of tech-y modern warfare, but weapons piloted from afar have been around for more than a century.

 


From ACM Opinion

5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your Dna

5 Amazing and Alarming Things That May Be Done with Your Dna

"You're a male, you're 34-years-old and your 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall." That's a prediction that Craig Venter, long a pioneer on the frontier of genomics, offered to me while we spoke on the phone.


From ACM TechNews

Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

Computer scientists are calling a new algorithm a breakthrough in mapping how hard computational problems are to solve. 


From ACM TechNews

What the World Will Be Like in 30 Years, According to the ­.s. Government's Top Scientists

What the World Will Be Like in 30 Years, According to the ­.s. Government's Top Scientists

Three U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency researchers predict major technological advancements during the next 30 years in a new video series. 


From ACM TechNews

Xprize Offers $7m Purse to ­nlock Mysteries of the Sea

Xprize Offers $7m Purse to ­nlock Mysteries of the Sea

XPRIZE has launched a three-year global competition focused on ocean mapping, featuring a $7-million prize purse.


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Algorithm Set to Save Millions in Energy Costs

Algorithm Set to Save Millions in Energy Costs

Nanyang Technological University researchers have developed an algorithm that could help companies cut their energy bills by as much as 10%.


From ACM TechNews

How Artificial Intelligence Could Change the Way We Watch Sports

How Artificial Intelligence Could Change the Way We Watch Sports

Machine learning and computer vision are being combined to provide commentary on professional sporting events as they occur.


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computing May Be Moving Out of Science Fiction

Quantum Computing May Be Moving Out of Science Fiction

True quantum computing could be realized relatively soon, according to some industry analysts.