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November 2016


From ACM News

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence

The New Intel: How Nvidia Went From Powering Video Games To Revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia cofounder Chris Malachowsky is eating a sausage omelet and sipping burnt coffee in a Denny's off the Berryessa overpass in San Jose.


From ACM News

Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?

Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?

Encryption keeps your secrets, until it doesn't.


From ACM News

Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested

Theory Challenging Einstein's View on Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested

The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein's century-old claim that the speed of light is a constant.


From ACM TechNews

Positive Language Is on the Decline in the United States, Study Finds

Positive Language Is on the Decline in the United States, Study Finds

A new study shows people are more likely to use positive rather than negative words in their communications.


From ACM TechNews

Europe Is Leading the Way in AI and Machine Learning (and Even Silicon Valley Wants In)

Europe Is Leading the Way in AI and Machine Learning (and Even Silicon Valley Wants In)

Europe is either ahead of or on equal footing with the U.S. in terms of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies.


From ACM TechNews

Eight States Have Fewer Than 10 Girls Take AP Computer Science Exam

Eight States Have Fewer Than 10 Girls Take AP Computer Science Exam

Nearly 55,000 students in the U.S. took the Advanced Placement computer science A exam this year.


From ACM TechNews

'Hackathon' Attempts to Stem Proliferation of Fake News

'Hackathon' Attempts to Stem Proliferation of Fake News

A hackathon inspired by the influence of fake news on the U.S. presidential election seeks to incentivize the prioritization of truth.


From ACM TechNews

Driverless Cars to Hit the Road in Ontario Early Next Year

Driverless Cars to Hit the Road in Ontario Early Next Year

The University of Waterloo's Center for Automotive Research in Canada will begin testing an autonomous vehicle on Ontario's public roads early next year.


From ACM News

China Turns Big Data Into Big BrotherĀ 

China Turns Big Data Into Big BrotherĀ 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.


From ACM News

PTScientists Reserves Rocket to Land Audi Moon Rovers at Apollo 17 Site

PTScientists Reserves Rocket to Land Audi Moon Rovers at Apollo 17 Site

A Berlin-based group of rocket scientists and engineers are aiming to land a pair of privately funded Audi-branded robotic rovers on the moon and drive them to inspect NASA's Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle. They'd be the first…


From ACM News

The Many Ways Lasers Help Us See the World More Clearly

The Many Ways Lasers Help Us See the World More Clearly

Think of lasers and what springs to mind?


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Google's Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

Google's Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

Ask the Google search app "What is the fastest bird on Earth?," and it will tell you.


From ACM Opinion

Genevieve Bell: 'Humanity's Greatest Fear Is about Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell: 'Humanity's Greatest Fear Is about Being Irrelevant'

Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights.


From ACM TechNews

Batman's Kitchen Teaches UW Students How to Play Cybersecurity

Batman's Kitchen Teaches UW Students How to Play Cybersecurity

Batman's Kitchen is providing University of Washington students the opportunity to learn about information security and practice their cybersecurity skills.


From ACM TechNews

Clemson Scientists Unveil Software That Revolutionizes Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Modeling

Clemson Scientists Unveil Software That Revolutionizes Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Modeling

Clemson University researchers have developed computational software for wildlife habitat connectivity modeling.


From ACM TechNews

Professor Develops Algorithm to Improve Online Mapping of Disaster Areas

Professor Develops Algorithm to Improve Online Mapping of Disaster Areas

University of Tennessee, Knoxville researchers have developed an algorithm that indicates, following a disaster, which areas need detailed mapping first, which should help response teams respond more efficiently to the most urgent…


From ACM News

Erich Bloch, IBM Pioneer Who Later Led National Science Foundation, Dies at 91

Erich Bloch, IBM Pioneer Who Later Led National Science Foundation, Dies at 91

Bloch was the first U.S. National Science Foundation director to come from a business rather than academic background, and the first without a doctoral degree. 


From ACM News

Spy Chief Adds to Warnings of Russian Cyber Attacks on Germany

Spy Chief Adds to Warnings of Russian Cyber Attacks on Germany

Germany's spy chief has warned that Russian hackers are pelting his country with disinformation that could undermine the democratic process, echoing concerns already voiced by his domestic intelligence counterpart.


From ACM News

Google DeepMind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI by Playing Starcraft 2

Google DeepMind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI by Playing Starcraft 2

The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most muted response was arguably the most revolutionary.


From ACM News

Network Operators Beef Up Last Mile For Cord-Cutters

Network Operators Beef Up Last Mile For Cord-Cutters

Consumers increasingly are bypassing traditional content providers to download content a la carte via broadband connection.


From ACM News

Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.I. Coding Game

Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.I. Coding Game

Halite creates an engaging game environment in which to learn, write, and visualize code in action. 


From ACM News

How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair

How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair

Cynthia Dwork is best known for inventing "differential privacy," a set of techniques that safeguard the privacy of individuals in a large database.


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German Spies "Alarmed" Over Threat To Election From Fake News, Russians

German Spies "Alarmed" Over Threat To Election From Fake News, Russians

An intelligence source told BuzzFeed News they fear 2017’s federal elections could see a repeat of the misinformation and hacking that disrupted the U.S. presidential race.


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Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account is Under Attack

Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account is Under Attack

A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.


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Telescope That 'Ate Astronomy' Is on Track to Surpass Hubble

Telescope That 'Ate Astronomy' Is on Track to Surpass Hubble

The next great space telescope spread its golden wings this month.


From ACM News

Programmers are Having a Huge Discussion About the Unethical and Illegal Things They've Been Asked to Do

Programmers are Having a Huge Discussion About the Unethical and Illegal Things They've Been Asked to Do

A response to a post that went viral, called "Code I’m Still Ashamed Of."


From ACM News

Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material

Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material

Is there a research institute with a more distinguished pedigree in graphene research than the University of Manchester?


From ACM News

President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The 21 latest recipients of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom included Margaret Hamilton and Grace Hopper.


From ACM TechNews

New Quantum States for Better Quantum Memories

New Quantum States for Better Quantum Memories

Researchers at Austria's Technical University of Wien, in collaboration with Japan's NTT, are moving toward new quantum memory concepts using nitrogen atoms and microwaves.


From ACM TechNews

Japan Aims for Superefficient Supercomputer by 2017

Japan Aims for Superefficient Supercomputer by 2017

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology plans to build a super-efficient supercomputer.

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