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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
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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.

Online Gaming Yields First Results for Alzheimer's Research
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Online Gaming Yields First Results for Alzheimer's Research

Stall Catchers is an online computer game in which players use to analyze movies of blood flow to the brain as part of Alzheimer's disease research.

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That
From ACM TechNews

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects
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Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
From ACM News

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

Robot the Musical
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Robot the Musical

Artificial intelligence promises to change aspects of music ranging from rock concerts to advertising jingles.

Animation Made Easy
From ACM TechNews

Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.

Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games
From ACM TechNews

Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games

Mappy is a new software system that can autonomously generate maps of a video game's levels.

It's All About Image
From Communications of the ACM

It's All About Image

Image recognition technology is advancing rapidly. Researchers are discovering new ways to tackle the task without enormous datasets.

Why GPS Spoofing Is a Threat to Companies, Countries
From Communications of the ACM

Why GPS Spoofing Is a Threat to Companies, Countries

Technology that falsifies navigation data presents significant dangers to public and private organizations.

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse
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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...

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
From ACM TechNews

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial...

New Research Could Show How Legendary Musicians Would Play Modern Music
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New Research Could Show How Legendary Musicians Would Play Modern Music

Researchers are developing a system that could be used to show how musicians from any era would have played a piece of music from any other era.

New Tool Increases Adaptability, Autonomy of 'Skyrim' Nonplayer Characters
From ACM TechNews

New Tool Increases Adaptability, Autonomy of 'Skyrim' Nonplayer Characters

CIF-CK is a new artificial intelligence architecture program that uses social behavior models to make individual "Skyrim" non-player characters more reactive and...

How Apps Can Motivate You by Tapping Into Your Personality
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How Apps Can Motivate You by Tapping Into Your Personality

Rita Orji at the University of Waterloo in Canada is designing interactive persuasive computer games customized to the player's motivational style.

'Magic Bench' Lets Users See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters
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'Magic Bench' Lets Users See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters

Researchers at Disney have developed the "Magic Bench," a combined augmented and mixed reality experience in which multiple users experience virtual surroundings...

Robots, Start Your Engines!
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Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'
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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'

A new machine-learning algorithm can predict which characters on "Game of Thrones" will die next.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
From ACM News

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.
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