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Charles W. Bachman
From Communications of the ACM

Charles W. Bachman: 1924-2017

An engineer best known for his work in database management systems, and in techniques of layered architecture that include Bachman diagrams.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
From ACM Opinion

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled
From ACM News

Mysteries of Turbulence Unravelled

"When I meet God, I'm going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he'll have an answer for the first."

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Espionage
From ACM News

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Espionage

The entire corpus of science fiction has trained humanity to fear the day when helpful household and industrial robots turn against it, in a Skynet-style uprising...

Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing
From ACM TechNews

Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing

Researchers have developed a three-layer system for validating that components produced via additive manufacturing have not been compromised.

Are Your Tweets Feeling Well?
From ACM TechNews

Are Your Tweets Feeling Well?

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted a study to understand patterns of how people behave differently on social media when they are ill...

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems

Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have launched a new research program that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn...

Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night
From ACM News

Martian Weather Kicks Into High Gear at Night

When night arrives on Mars, plunging temperatures can lead to weather much worse than researchers previously thought was possible on the Red Planet.

Battery-Free Cellphones on the Horizon
From ACM News

Battery-Free Cellphones on the Horizon

Backscattering could eventually harness sufficient energy to power small devices.

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
From ACM TechNews

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers
From ACM Careers

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat
From ACM Opinion

Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military...

Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies
From ACM TechNews

Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies

Google Vizier is an artificial intelligence system that automatically tunes other artificial intelligence programs.

Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think
From ACM TechNews

Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think

Although savvy Internet users might think they can easily identify a social media bot, there are tricks a "bot army master" can use to make the accounts seem more...

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices
From ACM TechNews

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices

Researchers warn some artificial intelligence programs are inheriting biases against certain dialects, which could lead to automatic discrimination as language-based...

Smart Computers
From ACM TechNews

Smart Computers

Researchers at the University of Freiburg's excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools in Germany are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize...

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking
From ACM TechNews

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking

Researchers say they have developed the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information...

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse
From ACM TechNews

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse

Researchers are working on the "Eclipse Megamovie" project, in which volunteers take photos of the solar eclipse's path across the U.S. and upload the images to...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
From ACM News

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
From ACM Careers

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....
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