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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...

Engineering the Perfect Baby
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Engineering the Perfect Baby

If anyone had devised a way to create a genetically engineered baby, I figured George Church would know about it.

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
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New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Internet of Dna
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Internet of Dna

Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.

Magic Leap
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Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence
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Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.

3D Transistors Made With Molecular Self-Assembly
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3D Transistors Made With Molecular Self-Assembly

IBM researchers have developed a new way to rapidly manufacture three-dimensional transistors.

A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets
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A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets

Smartphones, tablets and PCs should appear this year that can send and receive data wirelessly more than 10 times faster than a Wi-Fi connection.

Black Phosphorous—the Birth of a New Wonder Material
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Black Phosphorous—the Birth of a New Wonder Material

In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with.

Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'
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Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'

Many cars now include cameras or other sensors that record the passing world and trigger intelligent behavior, such as automatic braking or steering to avoid an...

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers
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New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers

A new form of computer memory might help machines match the capabilities of the human brain when it comes to tasks such as interpreting images or video footage.

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence
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2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence

The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine...

Robobrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots
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Robobrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots

One of the most exciting changes influencing modern life is the ability to search and interact with information on a scale that has never been possible before.

Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?
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Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy...

Next-Generation Robot Needs Your Help
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Next-Generation Robot Needs Your Help

Carnegie Mellon University professor Manuela Veloso believes robots can be made fully autonomous by designing them to ask for help when necessary. 

Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain
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Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain

The human brain is often described as a massively parallel computing machine. That raises an interesting question: just how parallel is it?

How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting
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How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting

This time last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta launched a competition to find the best way to forecast the characteristics of the...

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination
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Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination

Here's a curious experiment.

Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'
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Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'

One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human brain.

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon
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Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

After decades of repeated reinvention, the silicon transistor is starting to show its age, and the industry is hunting for alternatives.
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