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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
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Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way
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Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way

Navigation research demonstrates bio-machine symbiosis.

'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights
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'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform is analyzing players' emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

Machine Taught Itself to Solve Rubik's Cube Without Human Help, UC Irvine Researchers Say
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Machine Taught Itself to Solve Rubik's Cube Without Human Help, UC Irvine Researchers Say

A computer has taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle without human aid, according to University of California, Irvine researchers.

Give Me That AI Rock and Roll
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Give Me That AI Rock and Roll

Artificial Intelligence helps novices create new music.

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

You've Got Mail!
From Communications of the ACM

You've Got Mail!

And that's not all. Email is not what it used to be.

The Science Behind the World Cup Ball
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The Science Behind the World Cup Ball

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

Drone Swarms Are the New Fireworks Lighting Up China's Skies
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Drone Swarms Are the New Fireworks Lighting Up China's Skies

Since China banned fireworks across more than 400 cities to reduce pollution, a new entertainment has emerged to fill the skies: drone swarms.

Watch Real Football Matches in Miniature Played on Your Desk
From ACM TechNews

Watch Real Football Matches in Miniature Played on Your Desk

Researchers have taught a machine learning neural network algorithm to render two-dimensional video clips posted on YouTube as three-dimensional  images.

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81
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Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Samuel F. Dabney, an electrical engineer who laid the groundwork for the modern video game industry as a co-founder of Atari and helped create the hit console game...

The Machines Have Taught Themselves to Make Mario Levels
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The Machines Have Taught Themselves to Make Mario Levels

Using an artificial intelligence technique, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz discovered a way to create new levels of Super Mario Bros by...

Deep Learning Hunts for Signals Among the Noise
From Communications of the ACM

Deep Learning Hunts for Signals Among the Noise

Neural networks can deliver surprising, and sometimes unwanted, results.

Getting Hooked on Tech
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'
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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

University of California, Irvine researchers analyzed the properties of more than 500,000 songs released over three decades to extract the most popular ones.

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play
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AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy have found it is possible to have a deep learning algorithm create compelling new game levels in Doom...

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an...
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