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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship
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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible...

Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence
From ACM TechNews

Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence

Researchers have found a connection between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games, and high levels of intelligence.

New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts
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New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts

Researchers using machine-learning technology to analyze about 800 movie scripts found widespread gender bias in the portrayal of male and female characters.

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
From ACM News

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl
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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Researchers have been developing a tool that can take a single image of a face and create an animated version that puts on either a happy, sad, or angry expression...

TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems
From ACM TechNews

TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems

Researchers have taught artificially intelligent machines to study the TV show "CSI" and identify the perpetrator in each episode.

Bringing History to Life
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Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft--for Now
From ACM TechNews

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft--for Now

Professional player Song Byung-gu won a recent "StarCraft" tournament in South Korea, beating four artificial intelligence programs in less than 30 minutes.

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...

Building Tomorrow's Robots
From ACM Careers

Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media
From ACM News

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney's Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories.

Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room
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Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America by Using Facebook Tool to ID and Influence Voters
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Russians Took a Page from Corporate America by Using Facebook Tool to ID and Influence Voters

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook...

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife
From ACM News

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

One of the Russian-bought advertisements that Facebook shared with congressional investigators on Monday featured photographs of an armed black woman "dry firing"...

As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time
From ACM News

As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time

The presidential election is long past, but online attacks aimed at shaping the U.S. information environment have kept right on coming.

Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence?
From ACM Opinion

Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence?

In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. "Beam us up, beam us up!" Kirk shouted in desperation...

3D-Printing Human Body Parts
From Communications of the ACM

3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
From ACM Careers

Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Brain Composer: 'Thinking' Melodies Onto a Musical Score
From ACM TechNews

Brain Composer: 'Thinking' Melodies Onto a Musical Score

P300 is a new brain-computer interface application that enables music to be composed by thought.
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