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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.


The Moore's Law Moon Shot
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The Moore's Law Moon Shot

It is seemingly a fact of life that every new generation of computing gadget will be significantly more powerful than the one before, but a looming technical roadblock...

You Will Want Google Goggles
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You Will Want Google Goggles

At first glance, Thad Starner does not look out of place at Google. A pioneering researcher in the field of wearable computing, Starner is a big, charming man with...

Intel Reveals Neuromorphic Chip Design
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Intel Reveals Neuromorphic Chip Design

The brain is the most extraordinary of computing machines. It carries out tasks as a matter of routine that would fry the circuits of the most powerful supercomputers...

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Moore's Law Lives Another Day

"[Gordon] Moore is my boss, and if your boss makes a law, then you'd better follow it," says Mark Bohr, who leads Intel's efforts to make advances in microchip...

Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs
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Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs

Kobe University researchers have built a billiard ball computer using soldier crabs.

How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life
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How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life

Back in the 1960s, the IBM physicist Rolf Landauer showed that computation comes with a cost: every (irreversible) calculation, he said, always burns through a...

Eavesdropping Antennas Can Steal Your Smart Phone's Secrets
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Eavesdropping Antennas Can Steal Your Smart Phone's Secrets

Cryptography Research scientists have developed a method for a standard TV antenna, an amplifier, and specialized software to find the secret key being used by...

Turing's Enduring Importance
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Turing's Enduring Importance

Modern computing systems owe a sizable debt to Alan Turing, whose breakthrough work set the direction that the future of computing would take by determining that...

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How Networks of Biological Cells Solve Distributed Computing Problems

Distributed computing is all the rage these days. The idea is to break down computational tasks into convenient chunks and distribute them across a network to a...

Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent
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Letting Hackers Compete, Facebook Eyes New Talent

Late this January, some 75,000 people around the planet sat in front of their computers and pondered how to make anagrams from a bowl of alphabet soup.

Embodiment, Computation and the Nature of Artificial Intelligence
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Embodiment, Computation and the Nature of Artificial Intelligence

Although many AI researchers have adopted the idea that true intelligence requires a body, known as embodiment, a growing group of researchers, led by the University...

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Shrunken Servers Aim For a Greener Internet

As the cloud becomes more pervasive—driving everything from social networking to mobile apps—the computers that power it must guzzle more and more energy.

Twitter Bots Create Surprising New Social Connections
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Twitter Bots Create Surprising New Social Connections

A group of freelance Web researchers have created a Twitter bot, called a socialbot, that can fool users into thinking the bots are real people and serve as virtual...

World's Largest Quantum Computation Uses 84 Qubits
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World's Largest Quantum Computation Uses 84 Qubits

D-Wave Systems' Zhengbing Bian and colleagues announced that they have carried out a calculation involving 84 qubits. The computation involved two-color Ramsey...

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Bouncing Data Would Speed Up Data Centers

Inside the huge data centers operated by Internet companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, information is processed at blistering speed, but it still has to...

How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time
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How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time

Ten thousand years is about the age of civilisation. Archaeologists have a few relics that have spanned this period, mostly stone tools and works of art. But...

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Human Brain Is Limiting Global Data Growth, Say Computer Scientists

Evidence has emerged that the brain's capacity to absorb information is limiting the amount of data humanity can produce.

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence
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Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft don't share a stage often, being increasingly fierce competitors in areas such as Web search, mobile, and cloud computing. But the rivals...

Can Software Patch the Ailing Power Grid?
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Can Software Patch the Ailing Power Grid?

A consortium providing the technology for a large-scale smart grid project says the software is nearly complete. 

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The Singularity Isn't Near

 Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter...
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