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2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age
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2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age

ACM has recognized 58 members by naming them 2019 ACM Fellows for their contributions to areas that underpin the defining technologies of the digital age. 

Water Animation Gets Easier, Thanks to BYU Professors
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Water Animation Gets Easier, Thanks to BYU Professors

A new technique permits the rapid resizing of fluid animations without the need to remodel entire animation sequences.

New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming
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New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming

Researchers have developed a streaming technology that will allow a VR headsets to display computer games in extremely high quality.

Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk
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Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk

They're happier in virtual fields than confined farms.

Malevolent Machine Learning
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Malevolent Machine Learning

AI attacks throw light on the nature of deep learning.

The Longest Yard in Football
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The Longest Yard in Football

The National Football League is starting to use tracking technology that can distinguish exact distances and measure the value of a single inch, which could dramatically...

NBA Teams Enhancing Fan Experience with High-Tech Replays
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NBA Teams Enhancing Fan Experience with High-Tech Replays

Six NBA teams are implementing 360-degree video replays in their arenas to augment the fan experience.

How VR Is Augmenting Realty
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How VR Is Augmenting Realty

Over the past 30 years, virtual reality has evolved from a science fiction curiosity to an essential tool for the real estate industry. 

China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors
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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...

Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store
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Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store

Toy company Mattel and retailer Walmart are "leasing floors" in a virtual store.

Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars
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Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars

Amazon Web Services developed the DeepRacer League, a competition designed to teach a branch of artificial intelligence known as reinforcement learning.

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

Augmented Reality Gets Real
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Augmented Reality Gets Real

Formidable optical challenges are yielding to intensive research, development.

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
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Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery
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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Apple has launched an intiative called [AR]T, a curation of augmented reality art featured in a series of guided walks in New York City's Central Park.

Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches
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Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches

Professional basketball teams are starting to use computers and advanced data analytics to help perfect players' jump shots.

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.
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