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August 2016


From ACM News

Comey: FBI Wants 'Adult Conversation' on Device Encryption

Comey: FBI Wants 'Adult Conversation' on Device Encryption

FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation"…


From ACM Opinion

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Here's How Russian Hackers Could Actually Tip an American Election

Reports this week of Russian intrusions into U.S. election systems have startled many voters, but computer experts are not surprised.


From ACM TechNews

Who Would Win the Coding Olympics?

Who Would Win the Coding Olympics?

U.S. programmers landed in 28th place in a HackerRank compilation of the results of 1.4 million coding challenges by approximately 300,000 developers.


From ACM TechNews

South Africa's New Supercomputer Delivers World-Class Competitiveness

South Africa's New Supercomputer Delivers World-Class Competitiveness

South Africa's Center for High-Performance Computing in Cape Town a supercomputer designed to make the country a global player in the HPC research community.


From ACM TechNews

Intelligent Technology--the Evolution and Future of Automation

Intelligent Technology--the Evolution and Future of Automation

Researchers argue core principles of automation and artificial intelligence must be reconsidered as the world experiences an information technology shift.


From ACM TechNews

What Robots Can Learn From Babies

What Robots Can Learn From Babies

New software can predict how objects captured by a computing device's camera will most likely behave.


From ACM TechNews

Rise of the Robo-Journalists? Google Teaches an AI the Art of Writing a Good Headline

Rise of the Robo-Journalists? Google Teaches an AI the Art of Writing a Good Headline

The Google Brain Team says it has made strides in teaching computers to summarize text, and has developed an algorithm that can write "very good" headlines.


From ACM TechNews

Virtual Peer Pressure Works Just as Well as the Real Thing

Virtual Peer Pressure Works Just as Well as the Real Thing

Virtual pressure from a computer-simulated peer is just as motivating as real peer pressure.


From ACM News

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

Transistors, the electronic amplifiers and switches found at the heart of everything from pocket radios to warehouse-size supercomputers, were invented in 1947.


From ACM News

Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics

Forget Software: Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics

Practically every word we use to describe a computer is a metaphor.


From ACM News

NASA's Next-Gen Ships Run on Last-Gen Chips

NASA's Next-Gen Ships Run on Last-Gen Chips

Earlier this summer, NASA announced that ARM Holdings' A53 will be the microprocessor core design at the heart of the agency's next generation of spacecraft.


From ACM TechNews

When Computers Learn Human Languages, They Also Learn Human Prejudices

When Computers Learn Human Languages, They Also Learn Human Prejudices

New research from Princeton University suggests computers learning human languages can demonstrate prejudices and biased word associations.


From ACM TechNews

A Nanoscale Wireless Communication System via Plasmonic Antennas

A Nanoscale Wireless Communication System via Plasmonic Antennas

Boston College researchers have developed the first nanoscale wireless communication system using antennas that send and receive surface plasmons.


From ACM TechNews

Using Data Science to Confront Policing Challenges

Using Data Science to Confront Policing Challenges

Police are turning to academic institutions using machine learning methods to predict and prevent adverse incidents.


From ACM News

Cornell Video Game Speeds Language Learning

Cornell Video Game Speeds Language Learning

Adding "fun" and "chat" aspects to the game enhances memorization and understanding of context.


From ACM News

Print Your Own 3D Lucy to Work Out How the Famous Hominin Died

Print Your Own 3D Lucy to Work Out How the Famous Hominin Died

The world's most famous fossil is now open source. 3D scans of Lucy—a 3.18-million-year-old hominin found in Ethiopia—were released on 29 August, allowing anyone to examine her arm, shoulder and knee bones and even make their…


From ACM News

How Driverless Cars May Interact With People

How Driverless Cars May Interact With People

There are plenty of unanswered questions about how self-driving cars would function in the real world, like understanding local driving customs and handing controls back to a human in an emergency.


From ACM News

An Exoplanet Too Far

An Exoplanet Too Far

Another day, another world.


From ACM Careers

The Man Who Created LeapPad Wants To Turn Your Eyes into a Mouse

The Man Who Created LeapPad Wants To Turn Your Eyes into a Mouse

First came the computer mouse. Then the touchscreen.


From ACM News

Stretching the Limit of Silicon Nanowires for Next-Generation Electronics

Stretching the Limit of Silicon Nanowires for Next-Generation Electronics

Flexible electronics, which could be used to control flexible robots, depend on the ability to produce electrical circuits that can be repeatedly stretched and bent while remaining operational.


From ACM News

High-Speed Video Footage Solves One of the Great Mysteries of Human Blood Flow

High-Speed Video Footage Solves One of the Great Mysteries of Human Blood Flow

Red blood cells are flexible biconcave discs that spend their lives suspended in blood plasma.


From ACM Careers

G.E., the 124-Year-Old Software Start-Up

G.E., the 124-Year-Old Software Start-Up

It may not qualify as a lightning-bolt eureka moment, but Jeffrey R. Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, recalls the June day in 2009 that got him thinking.

 


From ACM TechNews

Secure Networks for the Internet of the Future

Secure Networks for the Internet of the Future

Researchers at Bavaria, Germany's University of Wurzburg are developing secure and efficient networks for the Internet of the future.


From ACM TechNews

Extending Battery Life for Mobile Devices

Extending Battery Life for Mobile Devices

Mobile devices will be able to leverage battery power in larger nearby devices for communication using new radio technology.


From ACM TechNews

UTA Physicists to Upgrade Titan Supercomputer Software for Extreme Scale Applications Such as Biology and Materials Science Simulations

UTA Physicists to Upgrade Titan Supercomputer Software for Extreme Scale Applications Such as Biology and Materials Science Simulations

Researchers have been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve operational efficiencies of the Titan supercomputer to support data-heavy applications.


From ACM TechNews

Flood Forecasting Gets Major Upgrade

Flood Forecasting Gets Major Upgrade

Researchers have created the National Water Model, which provides forecasts, data, and decision support to emergency services and water management personnel.


From ACM TechNews

Electrons at the Speed Limit

Electrons at the Speed Limit

Researchers have explored the ultimate speed of electrons when controlled by electric fields, which has implications for future petahertz electronics.


From ACM News

The Hype—and Hope—of Artificial Intelligence

The Hype—and Hope—of Artificial Intelligence

Computers in general, and software in particular, are more difficult than other kinds of technology for most people to grok, and they overwhelm us with a sense of mystery.


From ACM News

Here’s How the Internet Was Invented at UCLA

Here’s How the Internet Was Invented at UCLA

Werner Herzog’s new film tracks the birthplace of modern connectivity.


From ACM TechNews

System Might Detect Doctored Images and Videos for the Military

System Might Detect Doctored Images and Videos for the Military

An international coalition of researchers is developing technologies that could help the U.S. military detect manipulations of open source images.

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