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This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply
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This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow.

The Lines of Code That Changed Everything
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The Lines of Code That Changed Everything

Apollo 11, the JPEG, the first pop-up ad, and 33 other bits of software that have transformed our world.

50 Years after Internet Conception, Dark Side Stirs Fear
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50 Years after Internet Conception, Dark Side Stirs Fear

Kleinrock expressed particular interest in using blockchain technology to attach reputations to people or things online to provide a gauge of who or what to trust...

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That
From ACM TechNews

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 

DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets
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DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets

Researchers at DeepMind trained an artificial intelligence algorithm to guess missing words or characters from Greek inscriptions up to 2,600 years old. 

Artificial Pancreas System Controls Blood Glucose Levels Better Than Current Technology
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Pancreas System Controls Blood Glucose Levels Better Than Current Technology

A study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health detailed the clinical trial of an artificial pancreas system that automatically monitors and regulates...

Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores
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Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores

An area of San Francisco is emerging as a battleground to eliminate the traditional checkout process and reinvent the way consumers shop. 

Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, Dies at 62
From ACM News

Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, Dies at 62

Hurd had taken a leave of absence from Oracle last month because of unspecified health reasons.

Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records
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Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

A bicycle designed by a software applicaiton helped two competitors set the women's and men's world records for fastest human-powered vehicle last month.

Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks
From ACM TechNews

Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks

Security researchers warned Australia should not rely on any online voting system that lacks a thorough ballot-verification method, to ensure against fraudulent...

Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store
From ACM TechNews

Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store

Toy company Mattel and retailer Walmart are "leasing floors" in a virtual store.

Bug in Python Script May Have Affected Hundreds of Studies
From ACM TechNews

Bug in Python Script May Have Affected Hundreds of Studies

A coding error in a set of Python scripts often used for computational analysis of chemistry data yielded significantly different outcomes, depending on which operating...

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System
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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.

App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You
From ACM TechNews

App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

Researchers in Germany and Australia found China is using a widely downloaded mobile app and translation service to siphon billions of pieces of information on...

Researchers Use AI to Find Patterns Among Multitude of People, Cells
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Use AI to Find Patterns Among Multitude of People, Cells

Researchers have developed a method of leveraging artificial intelligence neural networks to reveal larger patterns of activity of individual cells that come from...

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
From ACM TechNews

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).

Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing
From ACM TechNews

Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers are using the Summit supercomputer to model retropropulsion (using rocket engines to decelerate)...

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World
From ACM TechNews

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application...

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
From ACM TechNews

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.
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