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April 2015


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Sight ­nseen (the Hows and Whys of Invisibility)

Sight ­nseen (the Hows and Whys of Invisibility)

It is possible, according to many sources, to become invisible, but you must be patient, methodical, and willing to eat almost anything.


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Watch the First Artificial Gravity Experiment

Watch the First Artificial Gravity Experiment

Gravity, as the old joke goes, sucks.


From ACM Opinion

Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope

Why AI Is Humanity's Last Hope

Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on.


From ACM Opinion

Don't Let Statistics Ruin Baseball

Don't Let Statistics Ruin Baseball

One of the charms of baseball, which started up again this week, is the exhilarating departure it offers from the noisy bustle of daily life.


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Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People

Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately encapsulates how most interviews work.


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AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

Philosopher Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about artificial intelligence.


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Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.


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Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well

Karen, an App That Knows You All Too Well

Thinking about a life coach but not ready to commit to the real thing?


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The Mobile Election: How Smartphones Will Change the 2016 Presidential Race

The Mobile Election: How Smartphones Will Change the 2016 Presidential Race

Four years ago today, President Barack Obama was gearing up to announce his reelection campaign, Mitt Romney was leading Newt Gingrich in the polls, and roughly one out of every three American adults owned a smartphone.


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Even Computers Are ­nsure About Their March Madness Brackets

Even Computers Are ­nsure About Their March Madness Brackets

By this point of March Madness, with three games left in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, most brackets are busted.


From ACM Careers

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

The individuals who have founded some of the most success tech companies are decidedly weird.


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Is 'making a Game Out of Learning' Bad For Learning?

Is 'making a Game Out of Learning' Bad For Learning?

In MIT's Education Arcade, classic game consoles line the office corridor, rafters are strung with holiday lights, and inflatable, stuffed and papier-maché creatures lurk around every corner.


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­ndersea Cables Transport 99 Percent of International Data

­ndersea Cables Transport 99 Percent of International Data

Things at the bottom of the sea: pale fish, manganese nodules, plastic trash and cables. Lots of cables.


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Toolkits For the Mind

Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern Web, he was chasing an idea from a 1966 science fiction novelBabel…


From ACM Opinion

A New Way to Navigate the Streets of Google Maps

A New Way to Navigate the Streets of Google Maps

Today we're introducing our most ambitious update yet: PAC-Maps.


From ACM Opinion

Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a Gps World

Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a Gps World

Eric Larsen seemed ill at ease in his tuxedo.


From Communications of the ACM

Raw Networking

Raw Networking

Relevance and repeatability.


From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Juris Hartmanis

An Interview with Juris Hartmanis

A pioneer in the field of computational complexity theory reflects on his career.


From Communications of the ACM

Toward More Secure Software

Toward More Secure Software

Two proposals intended to reduce flaws in software use two very different approaches for software security.


From Communications of the ACM

Competing in Emerging Markets

Competing in Emerging Markets

Considering the many different paths and unprecedented opportunities for companies exploring emerging markets.


From Communications of the ACM

Who Builds a House Without Drawing Blueprints?

Who Builds a House Without Drawing Blueprints?

Finding a better solution by thinking about the problem and its solution, rather than just thinking about the code.

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