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­.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training
From ACM TechNews

­.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke
From ACM TechNews

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating ­nfairly
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Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating ­nfairly

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.

Drones Inspired By Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged
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Drones Inspired By Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine...

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist
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Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.

Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy
From ACM Careers

Revealed: Google's Plan For Quantum Computer Supremacy

Somewhere in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM News

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
From ACM TechNews

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence...

Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step
From ACM TechNews

Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step

Researchers have developed a robot that can watch people work, learn the steps that make up the task, and remind people when they forget a step. 

AI Interns: Software Already Taking Jobs from Humans
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AI Interns: Software Already Taking Jobs from Humans

Forget Skynet. Hypothetical world-ending artificial intelligence makes headlines, but the hype ignores what's happening right under our noses.

The Plan to Find Alien Life in Europa's Icy Seas
From ACM News

The Plan to Find Alien Life in Europa's Icy Seas

How do you solve a problem like Europa?

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play
From ACM News

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play

Some jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.

Space Diaries Reveal 6 Things on an Astronaut's Mind
From ACM News

Space Diaries Reveal 6 Things on an Astronaut's Mind

While you are in space, could you keep a diary?

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan
From ACM News

Social Media Helps Aid Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan

Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead.

Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead
From ACM News

Will India Get to Mars? A Guide to the Dangers Ahead

With the successful launch just hours ago of its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India has passed the first test in its bid to orbit the Red Planet. Next up is a nail...

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
From ACM Opinion

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

Your Next Boss Could Be a Computer
From ACM TechNews

Your Next Boss Could Be a Computer

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have developed AutoMan, an automated artificial intelligence-based system that can delegate tasks to human workers...

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China
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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling...

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
From ACM News

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy...

Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay
From ACM News

Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay

Small, cheap smart-tag devices that are printed as digital circuits in rolls like newspapers could help kickstart the wireless payment industry. The devices, known...
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