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Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models
From ACM TechNews

Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models

Oracle has released an open-source tool called Graphpipe to facilitate the deployment of machine learning models.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science
From ACM News

How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science

After being kicked out of a hotel conference room where they had participated in a three-day open-science workshop and hackathon, a group of computer scientists...

IBM Has a Watson Dilemma
From ACM TechNews

IBM Has a Watson Dilemma

IBM's Watson system is falling short of some expectations for its outcomes in the fight against cancer, with many users citing inaccuracy, susceptibility to error...

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

How a Computer Learns to Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice
From ACM TechNews

How a Computer Learns to Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice

Researchers have developed a physics-based, real-time method for controlling animated characters that can learn basketball dribbling skills from experience.

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000
From ACM TechNews

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer an online cybersecurity master's degree that will cost students less than $10,000, in collaboration with edX.

Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack

Fax machines still in use by millions of organizations worldwide could be exploited by hackers to launch cyberattacks.

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real
From ACM TechNews

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a virtual reality system to add realism to virtual surgical training.

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
From ACM TechNews

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
From ACM News

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts

When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers ...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
From ACM News

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
From ACM TechNews

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
From ACM TechNews

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...

Big Data Analytics to Automatically Detect Events in Smart Cities
From ACM TechNews

Big Data Analytics to Automatically Detect Events in Smart Cities

Researchers used big data analytics to detect spatio-temporal events around London, testing the potential of the technology to harness live information.

Here Come the Drones
From ACM News

Here Come the Drones

The U.S. is getting serious about filling the skies with unmanned aircraft.  

Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems
From ACM TechNews

Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems

Harvard University's Stratos Idreos is using what he calls a periodic table of data structures to map those structures and their characteristics and to probe their...

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views
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The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting...

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers
From ACM News

Campaigns and Candidates Still Easy Prey for Hackers

Some bathrooms have signs urging people to wash their hands. But at the Democratic National Committee, reminders hanging in the men's and women's restrooms address...
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