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STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical
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STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical

Some programmers are doubtful that toys promising to imbue young minds with science, technology, engineering, and math skills can deliver on that promise.

How Sony's 'Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse' Uses AR to Put a New Spin on a Beloved Superhero
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How Sony's 'Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse' Uses AR to Put a New Spin on a Beloved Superhero

Sony has enhanced the new animated film "Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse" to break new ground with augmented reality technology.

This Artist Is Using AI to Paint With His Mind
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This Artist Is Using AI to Paint With His Mind

Roboticist Alexander Reben uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

The Yoda of Silicon Valley
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The Yoda of Silicon Valley

Donald Knuth, recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 1974, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress, "The Art of Computer Programming."

Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry
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Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry

Amazon has casually unveiled what could turn into a fundamentally different way to build software.

Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind
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Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind

Universities on the continent are rapidly losing talent to industry in the United States and China, say scientists behind the initiative.

China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.
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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.

Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame
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Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame

West was among the so-called "Hidden Figures" part of the team who did computing for the U.S. military in the era before electronic systems.

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States
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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington...

Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers
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Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers

Washington State University researchers have found previously undetected vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips.

The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer
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The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer

Miquela Sousa is a computer-generated character developed as a social media personality that can evolve with the times without aging.

Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI
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Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI

A new design for neural networks lacks traditional stacked layers of simple computational nodes that work together to find patterns in data.

Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging
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Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging

A new network design uses quantum key distribution to secure messages among four users.

Foldable Drone Can Navigate Narrow Holes
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Foldable Drone Can Navigate Narrow Holes

A new drone can compress itself to pass through narrow spaces and then revert to its previous shape, all while continuing to fly.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages
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The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British...

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery
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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...

Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone
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Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze
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Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze

Researchers used state-of-the-art supercomputers to examine how turbulence in the atmosphere plays out over long periods of time

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers
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Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science
From ACM News

Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science

Daskalakis' work brings deep theoretical analysis to bear on high-impact problems with direct effects on real-world applications.
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