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Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles
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Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles

New software can animate the central character in a photograph while leaving the rest of the image untouched.

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google
From ACM TechNews

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?
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Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?

Three-dimensional scanning can be used to protect or rebuild historic structures, but who owns that digital data?

Hidden Messages Fool AI
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Hidden Messages Fool AI

Forced errors focus attention on neural network quirks.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

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

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.

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

Smartphone Camera Replicates Physical Objects for Virtual Reality
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Smartphone Camera Replicates Physical Objects for Virtual Reality

A new technique allows physical objects to be replicated for the augmented and virtual reality space using any digital camera with a flash.

Researchers Bring Jedi Powers to Life With Force Push
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Researchers Bring Jedi Powers to Life With Force Push

A new technique method allows virtual reality users to move faraway objects and focus with an approach for remote object manipulation.

Learning to See
From Communications of the ACM

Learning to See

Machine learning turns the spotlight on elusive viruses.

AI Judges and Juries
From Communications of the ACM

AI Judges and Juries

Artificial intelligence is changing the legal industry.

Inside Nike's Store of the Future
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Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Nike new flagship store in New York City is focused on personalized, experiential shopping, allowing shoppers with the Nike app to check out items via phone, request...

Kids are Scared of MRI Tests. A New App Turns Them Into a Game.
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Kids are Scared of MRI Tests. A New App Turns Them Into a Game.

A high school student in Minnesota has developed a virtual reality app that prepares children for an magnetic resonance imaging scan.

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.

AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby
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AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby

A machine learning system taught itself the basics of video game design by watching videos of people playing games.

AI, Explain Yourself
From Communications of the ACM

AI, Explain Yourself

It is increasingly important to understand how artificial intelligence comes to a decision.

A New Movement in Seismology
From Communications of the ACM

A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
From ACM News

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Researchers Unveil Tool to Track Disinformation on Social Media
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Researchers Unveil Tool to Track Disinformation on Social Media

Researchers released a new tool Wednesday to track how many stories posted on social media are coming from sources known to publish disinformation.
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