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March 2016


From ACM News

The Fbi Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk

The Fbi Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk

It's been eight months since a pair of security researchers proved beyond any doubt that car hacking is more than an action movie plot device when they remotely killed the transmission of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee as I drove it down…


From ACM News

Searching for the Particle Accelerator at the Heart of the Milky Way

Searching for the Particle Accelerator at the Heart of the Milky Way

We're rightly proud of the Large Hadron Collider, which accelerates protons up to 7 Tera-electron Volts before smashing them together.


From ACM Opinion

Inside Apple Ceo Tim Cook's Fight With the Fbi

Inside Apple Ceo Tim Cook's Fight With the Fbi


From ACM News

Astronomers Discover Colossal 'super Spiral' Galaxies

Astronomers Discover Colossal 'super Spiral' Galaxies

A strange new kind of galactic beast has been spotted in the cosmic wilderness.


From ACM News

Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals

Oldest Ancient-Human Dna Details Dawn of Neanderthals

Matthias Meyer has just published the results of what may be the world's most wasteful genome-sequencing project.


From ACM TechNews

In Africa, Watson's Sister Lucy Is Growing ­p With the Help of Ibm's Research Team

In Africa, Watson's Sister Lucy Is Growing ­p With the Help of Ibm's Research Team

IBM Research Africa's Kenya lab is giving shape to Lucy, a technology platform aimed at finding "commercially viable solutions to the continent's grand challenges." 


From ACM TechNews

Bjarne Stroustrup Previews C++ 17

Bjarne Stroustrup Previews C++ 17

In an interview, C++ programming language creator Bjarne Stroustrup discusses its next planned iteration, C++ 17.


From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Produce Realistic Face Models From Video Recordings

Computer Scientists Produce Realistic Face Models From Video Recordings

Researchers say they have developed a way to quickly and easily produce very detailed face models. 


From ACM TechNews

Banning Words on Instagram Doesn't Help--It Makes It Worse

Banning Words on Instagram Doesn't Help--It Makes It Worse

A new study shows Instagram's decision to ban certain words used by pro-eating disorder communities had those communities making up new, almost identical words.


From ACM News

The Need For Cognitive Computing

The Need For Cognitive Computing

Companies get help digging the pearls of wisdom out of their big data.


From ACM News

There Is a 'game Changer' Technology on Wall Street and People Keep Confusing It with Bitcoin

There Is a 'game Changer' Technology on Wall Street and People Keep Confusing It with Bitcoin

Wall Street banks are buzzing about blockchain.


From ACM News

On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet

On the Hunt For a Mystery Planet

Astronomer Scott Sheppard runs through his checklist as he settles in for a long night of skygazing at the Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.


From ACM News

Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking

Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking

Apple shouldn't have to comply with a search order for an iPhone used by one the San Bernardino, California, terrorists because the Constitution forbids it, the company said Tuesday.


From ACM TechNews

DARPA Calls on Diyers For Weaponized Tech

DARPA Calls on Diyers For Weaponized Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking ideas on how products assembled from benign technologies might be transformed into security threats. 


From ACM TechNews

Forget the Robots--Here Come the Geminoids!

Forget the Robots--Here Come the Geminoids!

Last weekend's South by Southwest Interactive Festival was a showcase for many types of robots.


From ACM TechNews

What AI Can Tell ­S About the ­.s. Supreme Court

What AI Can Tell ­S About the ­.s. Supreme Court

Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Discovery Analytics Center have proposed using machine learning to model the U.S. Supreme Court.


From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Education in the Age of CS For All

Computer Science Education in the Age of CS For All

Momentum for bringing computer science to all primary and secondary U.S. schools is building, even though many issues remain unresolved. 


From ACM TechNews

Why the Government Can't Actually Stop Terrorists From Using Encryption

Why the Government Can't Actually Stop Terrorists From Using Encryption

Security experts say U.S. government efforts to force technology firms to grant access to encrypted devices will do little to prevent terrorists from using the technology. 


From ACM News

To Get Truly Smart, AI Might Need to Play More Video Games

To Get Truly Smart, AI Might Need to Play More Video Games

The latest computer games can be fantastically realistic.


From ACM Careers

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

To stop a terrorist, it helps to think like one.


From ACM News

What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next

What Google's Winning Go Algorithm Will Do Next

Following the defeat of one of its finest human players, the ancient game of Go has joined the growing list of tasks at which computers perform better than humans.


From ACM News

Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'

Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'

The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation could escalate even further.


From ACM TechNews

With Book on New Computer Language, Kernighan Guides Students at Princeton and Beyond

With Book on New Computer Language, Kernighan Guides Students at Princeton and Beyond

Princeton University professor Brian Kernighan has co-authored a book on the computer language Go with Alan Donovan, a member of the Go design team. 


From ACM TechNews

High Throughput Computing Helps Ligo Confirm Einstein's Last ­nproven Theory

High Throughput Computing Helps Ligo Confirm Einstein's Last ­nproven Theory

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory is helping researchers detect gravitational waves caused by the collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago.


From ACM TechNews

Less Than Meets the Eye

Less Than Meets the Eye

Computer-vision models designed to reproduce the capacities of the human brain may need to be adjusted.


From ACM News

Fast Facial Analysis Software Set For Release

Fast Facial Analysis Software Set For Release

The new software could be particularly useful in fields where subjective interpretation has been the norm.


From ACM News

In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

Three years ago, reeling from Edward J. Snowden’s disclosure of the government’s vast surveillance programs and uncertain how to respond, President Obama said he welcomed a vigorous public debate about the wrenching trade-offs…


From ACM News

How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand

How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand

The move didn't make sense to the humans packed into the sixth floor of Seoul's Four Seasons hotel. But the Google machine saw it quite differently.


From ACM TechNews

Gates Thinks Quantum Computing in the Cloud May Come in a Decade

Gates Thinks Quantum Computing in the Cloud May Come in a Decade

Bill Gates says it is possible that in six to 10 years "cloud computing will offer super-computation by using quantum."


From ACM TechNews

New Learning Procedure For Neural Networks

New Learning Procedure For Neural Networks

Max Planck Institute researcher Robert Gutig has used a computer model to develop a new learning procedure for neural networks.