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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.


Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort
From ACM Opinion

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.

The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (and How to Tell If You're One of Them)
From ACM News

The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (and How to Tell If You're One of Them)

Who are the most influential spreaders of information on a network?

How Anybody Can Measure Your Computer's Wi-Fi Fingerprint
From ACM TechNews

How Anybody Can Measure Your Computer's Wi-Fi Fingerprint

Computer security experts have discovered a method of uniquely identifying a computer by the way it accesses Wi-Fi resources. 

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
From ACM News

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
From ACM News

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky
From ACM Opinion

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged...

Lens-Free Camera Sees Things Differently
From ACM TechNews

Lens-Free Camera Sees Things Differently

In a new system, a curved camera lens is replaced with a tiny sensor that uses a spiral shape to map light and a computer determines the resulting image. 

Graphene Helps Copper Wires Keep Their Cool
From ACM News

Graphene Helps Copper Wires Keep Their Cool

When people in the chip industry talk about the thermal problems in computer processors, they get dramatic.

Three Questions For Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize
From ACM Opinion

Three Questions For Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize

This year's winner of the Turing Award—often referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing—was announced yesterday as Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist whose research...

Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof
From ACM News

Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof

One of the common myths about the Internet is that it was originally designed during the Cold War to survive nuclear attack.

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?
From ACM Careers

Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?

How much are a dozen deep-learning researchers worth?

Neural Nets: Now Available in the Cloud
From ACM TechNews

Neural Nets: Now Available in the Cloud

A new system called N2Sky sets up neural networks in the cloud so their services can be shared like other computing resources.   

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
From ACM News

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience.

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
From ACM Opinion

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

Quantum Light Harvesting Hints at Entirely New Form of Computing
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Light Harvesting Hints at Entirely New Form of Computing

The classical and quantum processes used by plants and bacteria to efficiently harvest light could have a transformative effect on computing. 

Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead
From ACM Opinion

Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.

The Secret Ingredient in Computational Creativity
From ACM TechNews

The Secret Ingredient in Computational Creativity

IBM computer scientists are using big data on the Watson supercomputer to produce cooking results that could be called creative. 

The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth
From ACM News

The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth

A startup spun out of Stanford says it has solved an age-old problem in radio communications with a new circuit and algorithm that allow data to be sent and received...

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think
From ACM Opinion

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and...

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering
From ACM News

The Secrets of Online Money Laundering

Money laundering is increasingly becoming a cybercrime.
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