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August 2018


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Artificial Intelligence Nails Predictions of Earthquake Aftershocks

Artificial Intelligence Nails Predictions of Earthquake Aftershocks

A machine-learning study that analysed hundreds of thousands of earthquakes beat the standard method at predicting the location of aftershocks.


From ACM TechNews

If Military Robot Falls, It Can Get Itself Up

If Military Robot Falls, It Can Get Itself Up

Researchers have developed software to ensure that if a military robot falls to the ground, it can right itself.


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NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft still has 100 million miles to go, but it has taken its first snapshot of the space rock that will be its date for New Year's Day 2019.


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Is Genomic Privacy Possible?

Is Genomic Privacy Possible?

Genomic research has led to remarkable insights and medical breakthroughs, but it also represents serious privacy risks.


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Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron

Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron

It's been more than a century since Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize for illustrating the way neurons allow you to walk, talk, think, and be.


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AI-Human Partnerships Tackle 'Fake News'

AI-Human Partnerships Tackle 'Fake News'

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, inaccurate and misleading articles burned through social networks.


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How AI Can Be a Force for Good

How AI Can Be a Force for Good

For the well-being of humanity, it is crucial that the power of artificial intelligence is used as a force of good.


From ACM TechNews

UTSA Enters Guinness World Records With Smallest Medical Robot

UTSA Enters Guinness World Records With Smallest Medical Robot

Guinness World Records has recognized the University of Texas at San Antonio for creating the world's smallest medical robot.


From ACM TechNews

University of Illinois Researchers Develop Method to Cancel Noise Without Ear-Blocking Headphones

University of Illinois Researchers Develop Method to Cancel Noise Without Ear-Blocking Headphones

The University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory has developed a noise-cancelling technique that does not require ear canal-blocking headphones.


From ACM TechNews

AI Can Predict If Your Musical Taste Is More Ice T...or Vanilla Ice

AI Can Predict If Your Musical Taste Is More Ice T...or Vanilla Ice

Researchers have developed a system that uses machine learning algorithms and psychological models to infer a person's "musical sophistication."


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Control System Simulator Helps Operators Learn to Fight Hackers

Control System Simulator Helps Operators Learn to Fight Hackers

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a simulator that helps to secure industrial control systems against hackers.


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Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of Unpredictable Code

Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of Unpredictable Code

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates 'a universe no one fully understands'.


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Blockchaining the Arts

Blockchaining the Arts

Blockchain's undeletable data can address privacy and security issues in the fine art markets.


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Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine

Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine

President Trump thinks Google's search engine is "rigged." By featuring more mainstream news outlets and relatively fewer conservative sites in the results he sees, Trump tweeted Tuesday, Google is "suppressing" right-wing views…


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Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens, through the Webcam Mic

Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens, through the Webcam Mic

Ever wonder what the people on the other end of a Hangouts session are really looking at on their screens?


From ACM TechNews

These Friendly Helpful Robots Will Likely Be Your Future Rehabilitation Partners

These Friendly Helpful Robots Will Likely Be Your Future Rehabilitation Partners

A study by researchers at Freiburg University in Germany concluded that socially assistive robots will be used increasingly in the future.


From ACM TechNews

Bots, Russian Trolls Influenced Vaccine Discussion on Twitter

Bots, Russian Trolls Influenced Vaccine Discussion on Twitter

Social media bots and Russian trolls spread discord and misinformation about vaccines on Twitter.


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Female, Minority Students Took AP Computer Science in Record Numbers

Female, Minority Students Took AP Computer Science in Record Numbers

Participation by female, African-American, and Latino students in Advanced Placement computer science courses boomed this year.


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Robotic Guide Dog Leads Arizona State University Team to 1st Prize at Intel Cup

Robotic Guide Dog Leads Arizona State University Team to 1st Prize at Intel Cup

Arizona State University students' robotic guide dog received first prize at the 2018 Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest in Shanghai, China.


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Lip-Syncing Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

Lip-Syncing Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

A new system uses artificial intelligence to edit the facial expressions of actors in a film to accurately match dubbed voices.


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STEM Worker Shortage at a Crisis, Survey Shows

STEM Worker Shortage at a Crisis, Survey Shows

Forty percent of Americans say the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and math worker shortage is at a crisis level.


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The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in The New York Times since 1995

The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in The New York Times since 1995

This really gives a new meaning to the "paper of record."


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How Trump Could Hurt Google

How Trump Could Hurt Google

President Donald Trump's Tuesday morning attack on Google for delivering "rigged" search results met with a swift denial from the company, but Trump's threat to address the "suppressing" of conservative voices might not be so…


From ACM News

Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans

Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans

Some scientists are suggesting limiting how smart artificial intelligence can get—all the way down to human intelligence.


From ACM TechNews

An Avatar Uses Your Gait to Predict How Many Calories You Will Burn

An Avatar Uses Your Gait to Predict How Many Calories You Will Burn

Researchers analyzed gait parameters to develop software that uses an avatar to predict how many calories people will expend when walking.


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Soft Bioelectronic Mesh Tested on Human Wrist, Pig's Heart

Soft Bioelectronic Mesh Tested on Human Wrist, Pig's Heart

A new wearable/implantable device measures electrophysiological signals and applies electrical and thermal stimulations as needed.


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Facebook, NYU Aim to Use AI to Speed Up MRI Scans

Facebook, NYU Aim to Use AI to Speed Up MRI Scans

Facebook's artificial intelligence laboratory, working with the New York University School of Medicine, generated reliable magnetic resonance imaging scans with less data.


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Growing a Mind in a Machine

Growing a Mind in a Machine

MIT's Josh Tenenbaum on how people think and learn, and how to make machines do likewise.


From ACM Opinion

Trump Says He Will 'Address' Google's 'Suppressing' of Conservative News

Trump Says He Will 'Address' Google's 'Suppressing' of Conservative News

On Tuesday morning, the 45th president of the United States woke up around 5:30am Eastern Time and decided to begin his Tuesday by berating the "Fake News Media," claiming that Google was somehow "rigged" so that "all stories…


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Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?

Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?

In a May memo to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis implored him to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence.

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