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June 2016


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Google ­nveils 'artificial Creativity'

Google ­nveils 'artificial Creativity'

Google's Magenta artificial intelligence is being challenged to produce original music and other art.


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Digital Forensics: From the Crime Lab to the Library

Digital Forensics: From the Crime Lab to the Library

When archivists at California's Stanford University received the collected papers of the late palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould in 2004, they knew right away they had a problem.


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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.


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'this Guy's Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away'

'this Guy's Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away'

Letters between John W. Backus and Edsger W. Dijkstra, 1979.


From ACM TechNews

Doubling Down on Schrodinger's Cat

Doubling Down on Schrodinger's Cat

A team of Yale University researchers has created a more exotic version of the classic Schrodinger's cat paradox. 


From ACM TechNews

Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect

Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect

Researchers say they have developed a new kind of jumping mechanism for robots that has the potential to scale from tiny hops to a catapult launch. 


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Child's Play: Australia's Newest Roboticists See Eye-to-Eye With R2-D2

Child's Play: Australia's Newest Roboticists See Eye-to-Eye With R2-D2

Queensland University of Technology's Christina Chalmers says because the growth of robotic coding requires educators to do more to promote student education in robotics.


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'super Mario Brothers' Is Hard

'super Mario Brothers' Is Hard

Researchers found the problem of solving a level in the "Super Mario Brothers" video game is as challenging as the most vexing problems in the PSPACE complexity class. 


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The White House Is Finally Prepping For an AI-Powered Future

The White House Is Finally Prepping For an AI-Powered Future

The White House is adamant the government must determine how to regulate and utilize artificial intelligence technology before it gets out of control. 


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A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa

A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa

Sidy Ndao aims to advance science, technology, engineering, and math skills in West Africa by organizing events such as the Pan-African Robotics Competition. 


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What's Next For Digital Humanities?

What's Next For Digital Humanities?

New computational tools spur advances in an evolving field.


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The Key to Privacy

The Key to Privacy

40 years ago, Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman introduced the public key cryptography used to secure today's online transactions.


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What Happens When Big Data Blunders?

What Happens When Big Data Blunders?

Big data is touted as a cure-all for challenges in business, government, and healthcare, but as disease outbreak predictions show, big data often fails.


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Reimagining Search

Reimagining Search

Search engine developers are moving beyond the problem of document analysis, toward the elusive goal of figuring out what people really want.

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