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April 2016


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­.s. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

­.s. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

A $320-million project aims to bring the textile sector into the digital era by embedding sensors and semiconductors into fabrics. 


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'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

Researchers are working to develop a guided tour of an area of Mars in a "mixed-reality" interactive exhibit called "Destination: Mars."


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Could Alphago Bluff Its Way Through Poker?

Could Alphago Bluff Its Way Through Poker?

University College London lecturer David Silver suggests software similar to Google DeepMind's AlphaGo could be crafted to play poker competently.


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Fooling the Machine

Fooling the Machine

A growing field of research suggests artificial intelligence can easily be fooled, as it can provide correct answers without truly understanding information. 


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Why Do the Feds ­sually Try to ­nlock Phones? It's Drugs, Not Terrorism

Why Do the Feds ­sually Try to ­nlock Phones? It's Drugs, Not Terrorism

Until the FBI backed down from its battle with Apple over accessing the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, it seemed the agency had chosen a near-perfect case on which to make its stand against encryption…


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How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon

How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon

Shortly after walking through the front doors of Baidu in Beijing last November, I was surprised to notice that my face had transformed into that of a cheerful-­looking little dog.


From Communications of the ACM

A Decade of ACM Efforts Contribute to Computer Science For All

A Decade of ACM Efforts Contribute to Computer Science For All

President Obama has asked Congress to approve $4.1 billion in spending to support the Computer Science for All initiative, aimed at providing computer science education in U.S. public schools. CS education in public schools has…


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Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Researchers consider how to adapt broadly available technology products for those battling physical impairments.


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Automating Proofs

Automating Proofs

Math struggles with the usability of formal proofs.


From Communications of the ACM

Marvin Minsky: 1927-2016

Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky, an American scientist who co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AI laboratory and was honored with the ACM A.M. Turing Award, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at the age of 88.

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