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The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute
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The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute

How adorable robots are may be a critical factor for their public acceptance.

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education
From ACM TechNews

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education

Schools in three Oregon counties will use a federal grant to help high school students in Career Technical Education programs transition to post-secondary education...

Make People Valuable Again
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Make People Valuable Again

David Nordfors and Vint Cerf suggest that innovation can, and should, make people more valuable.

The New Face of Law Enforcement
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The New Face of Law Enforcement

Facial recognition and augmented reality are changing the way law enforcement agencies investigate crime, but there are important privacy issues to consider.

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI
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Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome
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Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome

Pinpointing where and how the human genome is evolving can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack.

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate
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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.

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.
From ACM TechNews

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.

Researchers have developed a visual analytics tool that dramatically speeds up forensic email investigations and highlights critical links within email data.

'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind
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'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind

Researchers are about to launch a supercomputer designed to mimic the human brain.

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
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Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu
From ACM TechNews

Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu

The Canadian restaurant industry has been more significantly transformed by technology in the last five years than in the preceding 50.

How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint
From ACM TechNews

How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint

Researchers have developed a method for constructing digital fingerprints that encode secret messages into the spiral points on the prints.

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways
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Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways

Nearly two-thirds of the social media bots with political activity on Twitter before the 2016 U.S. presidential election supported Donald Trump.

Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys
From ACM News

Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys

Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too.

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 
From ACM News

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 

For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed...

Wormholes Could be Portals to Other Universes
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Wormholes Could be Portals to Other Universes

Wormholes are theoretical objects that could serve as portals between two points in space and time. Some believe they could even act as passageways to other universes...

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101
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UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders
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An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders

An artificial intelligence-based lie detector system will be used on international travelers during a six-month pilot program at border crossings in Hungary, Latvia...

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride
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Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride

Travel and tourism firms are deploying next-generation technologies such as robots, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality to improve the...

University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date
From ACM TechNews

University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date

Researchers have created a record-setting earthquake wave simulation.
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