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A Hunt For Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
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A Hunt For Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

The Loyal Engineers Steering Nasa's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
From ACM Careers

The Loyal Engineers Steering Nasa's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

Teaching A.i. Systems to Behave Themselves
From ACM News

Teaching A.i. Systems to Behave Themselves

At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave like humans. But sometimes,...

How A.i. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
From ACM News

How A.i. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.

Gene Editing For 'designer Babies'? Highly ­nlikely, Scientists Say
From ACM News

Gene Editing For 'designer Babies'? Highly ­nlikely, Scientists Say

Now that science is a big step closer to being able to fiddle with the genes of a human embryo, is it time to panic?

Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?
From ACM News

Cars Suck ­p Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you...

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
From ACM Careers

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
From ACM TechNews

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
From ACM Careers

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
From ACM News

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
From ACM News

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet If You're Into Hard Data
From ACM News

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet If You're Into Hard Data

Spoiler alert: If you wish to continue enjoying gargantuan home runs in the future with unspoiled pleasure, free of all polynomial equations, read no further. If...

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
From ACM Careers

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools...

Yearning For New Physics at Cern, in a Post-Higgs Way
From ACM News

Yearning For New Physics at Cern, in a Post-Higgs Way

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
From ACM News

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

­.s. Cyberweapons, ­sed Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against Isis
From ACM News

­.s. Cyberweapons, ­sed Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against Isis

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...

Robot Cars Can't Count on ­S in an Emergency
From ACM TechNews

Robot Cars Can't Count on ­S in an Emergency

Many automotive technologists are skeptical that autonomous cars will be able to trust humans in emergency situations.

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
From ACM News

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
From ACM News

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away
From ACM News

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.
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