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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

Level Up: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems
From ACM News

Level Up: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

In the early 1950s, just as rock 'n' roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and...

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons
From ACM News

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that...

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance
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How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones...

WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show
From ACM TechNews

WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that viral tweets during the final two months of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign show Hillary Clinton...

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick
From ACM News

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers...

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
From ACM News

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

Sight Unseen
From ACM News

Sight Unseen

New hope for visually impaired technology users.  

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine
From ACM News

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine

The European Union's head of antitrust enforcement announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, accusing the search engine for illegally favoring...

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools...

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You
From ACM TechNews

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
From ACM News

How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color
From ACM TechNews

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color

Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery...

Beyond the Five Senses
From ACM News

Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
From ACM News

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
From ACM Opinion

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots
From ACM News

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker
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How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May...

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
From ACM News

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That
From ACM News

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.
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