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The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
From ACM Opinion

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

China Is Catching Up to the US in A.I. Research, Fast
From ACM News

China Is Catching Up to the US in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?
From ACM News

The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, on his invention of the World Wide Web in 1989.

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source
From ACM TechNews

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The U.S. National Security Agency has chosen to open source the cybersecurity tool Ghidra, a reverse-engineering platform that takes "compiled" software and "decompiles"...

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws
From ACM News

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws

At the endless booths of this week's RSA security trade show in San Francisco, an overflowing industry of vendors will offer any visitor an ad nauseam array of...

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe
From ACM News

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away
From ACM News

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away

I am but a babe, exploring the world for the first time. Wearing a computerized glove, I reach forward in pursuit of a little toy basketball.

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
From ACM TechNews

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

U.S. President Donald Trump today will sign an executive order for the federal government to channel funds, programs, and data in support of artificial intelligence...

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology
From ACM News

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

Opinion by Bruce Schneier, a security technologist who teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School.

How Facebook Has Changed Computing
From ACM News

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

Because of Facebook's openness, many of its technologies have become industry standards.

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think
From ACM TechNews

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

An international team of researchers has developed an algorithm that uses Twitter to automatically predict a user's location within minutes.

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre
From ACM News

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Throughout 2018, researchers found exploitable weaknesses related to "speculative execution" vulnerabilities.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America
From ACM News

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery
From ACM News

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights...

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
From ACM News

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fire is chaos. Fire doesn't care what it destroys or who it kills—it spreads without mercy, leaving total destruction in its wake, as California's Camp and Woolsey...

To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'
From ACM News

To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'

In 2016, the chip industry's clock ran out.

Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes
From ACM TechNews

Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes

A specially equipped Sikorsky helicopter can be controlled through a handheld tablet, and learning to pilot it can take as little as 45 minutes. 

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate
From ACM News

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate

In 2015, the U.S. Naval Academy decided that its graduates needed to return to the past and learn how to navigate using the stars.

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
From ACM News

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events

Last week, as thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan...

Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues
From ACM News

Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues

Evolution is a trip. On the one hand, it's a seemingly simple mechanism—those best fitted to their environment have more babies, while less fit individuals don't...
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