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July 2014


From ACM Opinion

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.


From ACM TechNews

Vancouver Coding Camp Seeks Young Women

Vancouver Coding Camp Seeks Young Women

Be Like Ada is a Vancouver, Canada-based coding boot camp for girls designed to inspire more women to pursue coding in engineering and computer science. 


From ACM TechNews

Robots Are Designed to Take a Hike With Walking Poles

Robots Are Designed to Take a Hike With Walking Poles

A pair of smart walking sticks could be used to steady robots navigating uneven terrain.


From ACM TechNews

Rice's Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye

Rice's Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye

Researchers have refined their silicon oxide technology for high-density, next-generation computer memory.


From ACM News

Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging

Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging

Google's Project Tango aims to provide an additional dimension to the next generation of mobile devices.


From ACM News

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.


From ACM News

Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire

Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire

It was one of the most tedious jobs on the Internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street photographs, asking themselves the same question over and over…


From ACM News

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work

Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you've never heard of.


From ACM TechNews

Critical Vulnerabilities in Web-Based Password Managers Found

Critical Vulnerabilities in Web-Based Password Managers Found

Computer hackers could exploit vulnerabilities in popular Web-based password managers and learn users' credentials for arbitrary websites.


From ACM News

Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf Discusses the Fate of the Internet W/ Stephen Colbert (video)

Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf Discusses the Fate of the Internet W/ Stephen Colbert (video)

Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist and general co-father of the Internet, stopped by The Colbert Report on Comedy Central to discuss the origins of the Web.


From ACM TechNews

FCC Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has already received about 780,000 comments on new open Internet rules.


From ACM TechNews

The World's First Photonic Router

The World's First Photonic Router

A team of scientists have demonstrated the world's first photonic router, a step toward overcoming the difficulties of building quantum computers. 


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Squishy Robots

Squishy Robots

A new phase-change material built from wax and foam, that is capable of switching between hard and soft states, could be used to construct inexpensive robots. 


From ACM News

Hamas and Israel Step ­p Cyber Battle For Hearts and Minds

Hamas and Israel Step ­p Cyber Battle For Hearts and Minds

Sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have been inundated with posts seeking to win the hearts and minds of people in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.


From ACM TechNews

Ethical, Autonomous Robots of the Near Future

Ethical, Autonomous Robots of the Near Future

Researchers are giving serious consideration to the ethics of artificial intelligence as they consider a world with autonomous robots. 


From ACM Careers

Nasa Seeks Proposals For Europa Mission Science Instruments

Nasa Seeks Proposals For Europa Mission Science Instruments

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.


From ACM News

Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family

Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family

In suite 712 of the Eventi Hotel, high above the sticky June bustle of Midtown Manhattan, New York, one of the world's most advanced consumer robots awaits command.


From ACM TechNews

Joining the Dots For Quantum Computing

Joining the Dots For Quantum Computing

Researchers have demonstrated the scalability of quantum dot architectures by trapping and controlling four electrons in a single device. 


From ACM News

New Qubit Design Provides Parity Bit for Schrödinger Cat States

New Qubit Design Provides Parity Bit for Schrödinger Cat States

The RAM in our computers is constantly refreshed to ensure that it maintains the intended information.


From ACM Careers

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.


From ACM News

New Horizons Only One Year from Pluto

New Horizons Only One Year from Pluto

In July 2015, NASA will discover a new world.


From ACM TechNews

­ncertainty Gives Scientists New Confidence in Search for Novel Materials

­ncertainty Gives Scientists New Confidence in Search for Novel Materials

Researchers have developed a method to estimate uncertainties in computer calculations that are used to facilitate the search for new materials. 


From ACM TechNews

Intel, Dell Ramp Up Iot Standards Competition With New Group

Intel, Dell Ramp Up Iot Standards Competition With New Group

Intel, Dell, Samsung, Amtel, Broadcom, and Wind River have formed the Open Interconnect Consortium to create an open standard for the Internet of Things. 


From ACM TechNews

At Uvm, a Big Investment to Grow STEM

At Uvm, a Big Investment to Grow STEM

The University of Vermont is planning a $104-million investment in a new complex that will accommodate fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 


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Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law

Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law

These are challenging times for computer chip engineers.


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Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World

Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World

A 3-D animated creature, affectionately named Gerald, appears to walk in circles while floating in front of an elaborate viewer that resembles something from an optometrist's office.


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D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push

D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push

D-Wave Systems, which has been developing a radically different kind of computer since 1999, has installed a grand total of two systems outside its premises. But management, and investors, seem undaunted.


From ACM News

Why Apple's Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming

Why Apple's Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming

Chris Lattner spent a year and a half creating a new programming language—a new way of designing, building, and running computer software—and he didn't mention it to anyone, not even his closest friends and colleagues.


From ACM TechNews

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

A new initiative is designed to help faculty learn how to better engage women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math.


From ACM TechNews

Your Next Opponent in Angry Birds Could Be a Robot

Your Next Opponent in Angry Birds Could Be a Robot

A combination robot/smart-tablet system could become a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities.