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Finding the Paradigms Underlying Computing in the Brain
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Finding the Paradigms Underlying Computing in the Brain

James E. Smith presented "A Roadmap for Reverse-Architecting the Brain's Neocortex" today at ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference in Phoenix.

Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics
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Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Researchers at the University of Bath have integrated advanced three-dimensional scanning to generate digital models for affordable and more personalized lower-limb...

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol
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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after...

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices
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M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices across...

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI
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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical...

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000
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Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three...

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets
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Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

U.S. Universities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Universities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company

U.S. universities are reevaluating their ties to Chinese artificial intelligence firm iFlyTek, whose voice recognition and analysis products are used by Chinese...

Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.
From ACM News

Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

The researchers say the use of smartphones and other handheld devices is contorting the human form.

Fighting Crime on the Dark Web
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Fighting Crime on the Dark Web

The Dark Web presents new challenges for law enforcement officials.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.
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