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AI Judges and Juries
From Communications of the ACM

AI Judges and Juries

Artificial intelligence is changing the legal industry.

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
From ACM Careers

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands
From ACM News

Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA's Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth.

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval
From ACM News

Largest Overhaul of Scientific Units Since the French Revolution Wins Approval

In the biggest overhaul of the international system of units since 1875, countries have voted to redefine four basic units of measurement—the ampere, the kilogram...

Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass
From ACM News

Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and our bodies were formed directly by stars.

Inside Nike's Store of the Future
From ACM TechNews

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...

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
From ACM News

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'
From ACM News

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to visit our solar...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
From ACM News

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 
From ACM News

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to improve the battery life of mobile devices, by minimizing the power consumption of mobile apps by up to 60%.

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease
From ACM News

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space
From ACM News

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest...

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation
From ACM News

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation

Social media companies are struggling to contain new forms of political misinformation on their platforms that bubbled up during this year's midterm elections. ...

Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help
From ACM TechNews

Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help

San Jose State University's Craig Clements says artificial intelligence is being explored to more rapidly localize fires and predict their propagation and behaviors...

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

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.

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall
From ACM News

Google in China: When 'Don't Be Evil' Met the Great Firewall

If you're planning on moving to China anytime soon, here's a piece of advice: Get yourself a WeChat account.

In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?
From ACM News

In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?

In 2011, Hany Farid, a photo-forensics expert, received an e-mail from a bereaved father.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
From ACM News

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes
From ACM TechNews

Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes

A specially equipped Sikorsky helicopter can be controlled through a handheld tablet, and learning to pilot it can take as little as 45 minutes. 
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