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Cybersecurity Gets Smart
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Cybersecurity Gets Smart

Researchers aim to apply artificial intelligence and machine-learning methods to take cybersecurity to a new, higher, and better level.

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
From ACM TechNews

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

The next frontier for game-playing artificial intelligence could be the popular real-time strategy game "StarCraft."

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'
From ACM News

Computers That Crush Humans at Games Might Have Met Their Match: 'starcraft'

Humanity has fallen to artificial intelligence in checkers, chess, and, last month, Go, the complex ancient Chinese board game.

Hyper Vision
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Hyper Vision

There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Minecraft Generation
From ACM TechNews

The Minecraft Generation

The extremely popular Minecraft computer game is turning children into a generation of computing tinkerers and engineers.

Hello, Coding
From ACM News

Hello, Coding

Preparing children for a world in which everything can be a computer.

Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case
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Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined (PDF) to hear a challenge from the Authors Guild and other writers claiming Google's scanning of their books amounts to wanton...

Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually
From ACM TechNews

Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually

Dhruv Jain led the creation of a scuba-diving simulator as part of his Amphibian virtual reality project. 

Composing Musical Portraits Through a Computer
From ACM TechNews

Composing Musical Portraits Through a Computer

North Carolina State University professor Rodney Waschka takes data from pictures, book covers, audio, and other sources to make a portrait of a person. 

Uci to Launch First-of-its-Kind Official E-Sports Initiative in the Fall
From ACM TechNews

Uci to Launch First-of-its-Kind Official E-Sports Initiative in the Fall

The University of California, Irvine is launching an official e-sports initiative this fall, which it says is the first of its kind for a public research university...

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth
From ACM TechNews

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

Researchers are working to develop a guided tour of an area of Mars in a "mixed-reality" interactive exhibit called "Destination: Mars."

Why Isis Is Winning the Social Media War
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Why Isis Is Winning the Social Media War

Early last December, two days after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, the married couple’s landlord...

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future
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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional...

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny
From ACM TechNews

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

The New Yorker magazine is using crowdsourcing algorithms to mine a massive volume of cartoon caption submissions to identify the funniest captions. 

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled
From Communications of the ACM

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Researchers consider how to adapt broadly available technology products for those battling physical impairments.

Marvin Minsky
From Communications of the ACM

Marvin Minsky: 1927-2016

Marvin Minsky, an American scientist who co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AI laboratory and was honored with the ACM A.M. Turing Award, passed...

The Meaning of Alphago, the AI Program That Beat a Go Champ
From ACM TechNews

The Meaning of Alphago, the AI Program That Beat a Go Champ

The victory of Google DeepMind's AlphaGo algorithm over a champion Go player is seen as a resurgence for deep learning. 

This Trading Card Game AI Watches and Learns From You
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This Trading Card Game AI Watches and Learns From You

Cryptozoic Entertainment is working to reimagine how people play video games with computer-controlled opponents. 

Google’s AI Wins First Game in Historic Match With Go Champion
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Google’s AI Wins First Game in Historic Match With Go Champion

Google’s Go-playing computer system has beaten one of the world’s top players in the first game of a five-game match in Seoul.

Pentagon Launching Bug Bounty Program
From ACM TechNews

Pentagon Launching Bug Bounty Program

The Pentagon is inviting vetted hackers to the Hack the Pentagon initiative, the U.S. government's first "bug bounty" program. 
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