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October 2016


From ACM News

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.


From ACM Careers

Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants

Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants

Clamshell grills are making burger flipping obsolete at McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets and other burger chains. Digital kiosks, tabletop tablets and mobile phones are taking orders at eateries like Panera,


From ACM News

Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten

Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten

How many robots does it take to open a door?


From ACM TechNews

Eu Project Successfully Deploys Robots Following Italy Earthquake

Eu Project Successfully Deploys Robots Following Italy Earthquake

Following a huge earthquake in Italy on Aug. 24, the European Union's TRADR project deployed unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles to the region.


From ACM TechNews

Infosys Foundation ­sa, Acm, and Csta Announce Awards For Teaching Excellence in CS

Infosys Foundation ­sa, Acm, and Csta Announce Awards For Teaching Excellence in CS

ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and Infosys Foundation announced the rollout of the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.


From ACM TechNews

Making Construction Sites Safer

Making Construction Sites Safer

Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany want to make construction sites safer with interactive virtual reality training courses.


From ACM TechNews

Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal

Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal

University of Maryland researchers say they have created the world's first time crystal, which could lead to quantum memory systems.


From ACM TechNews

3D-Printed Robots With Shock-Absorbing Skins

3D-Printed Robots With Shock-Absorbing Skins

Researchers have developed a new technique for three-dimensionally printing soft materials.


From ACM News

Can We Open the Black Box of Ai?

Can We Open the Black Box of Ai?

Dean Pomerleau can still remember his first tussle with the black-box problem.


From ACM News

Surprise Comes Out of Black-Hole Studies: Error-Correcting Codes

Surprise Comes Out of Black-Hole Studies: Error-Correcting Codes

Attempts to reconcile quantum information and gravity have yielded new types of error-correcting codes for proposed quantum computers.


From ACM News

At the Bleeding Edge of AI: Quantum Grocery Picking and Transfer Learning

At the Bleeding Edge of AI: Quantum Grocery Picking and Transfer Learning

Don't laugh, but there may come a time when quantum computers are sorting out your grocery deliveries, and if Paul Clarke, CTO of the online food store Ocado is right, it could be sooner than you think.


From ACM TechNews

Professor's Research Lights ­p Scientific, Media Interest

Professor's Research Lights ­p Scientific, Media Interest

University of Wyoming computer science professor Jeff Clune is the director of the Evolving Artificial Intelligence Lab, which conducts research on deep learning and harnesses discoveries about evolutionary biology to develop…


From ACM TechNews

­a Receives $1.9m Nsf Award to Test Computer-Assisted Surgical Training

­a Receives $1.9m Nsf Award to Test Computer-Assisted Surgical Training

University of Arizona researchers are using a $1.9-million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop a computerized surgical training tool that provides haptic and augmented reality guidance for laparoscopic…


From ACM TechNews

­SC Demos How Wearable Technology Can Improve Cancer Treatment

­SC Demos How Wearable Technology Can Improve Cancer Treatment

USC researchers participating in the Cancer Moonshot exhibit led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, demonstrating a project that aims to provide doctors with real-time patient data from wearable technology. 


From ACM News

The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

Six days after Memphis voters went to the polls last October to elect a mayor and other city officials, a local computer programmer named Bennie Smith sat on his couch after work to catch up on e-mail.


From ACM News

Why Apple Can Be Forced to Turn Logs of Your Imessage Contacts Over to Police

Why Apple Can Be Forced to Turn Logs of Your Imessage Contacts Over to Police

When a user sends someone a message through Apple's iMessage feature, Apple encrypts that message between Apple devices so that only the sender and recipient can read its contents.


From ACM News

How to Steal an AI

How to Steal an AI

In the burgeoning field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as "black box" systems: Once a machine learning engine has been trained from a collection…


From ACM News

The Human Remembering Machine

The Human Remembering Machine

They called it the Hubble Telescope of the mind.


From ACM Opinion

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer on "Star Trek."


From ACM News

Nasa's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

Nasa's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet visited by a Mars rover, NASA's Curiosity mobile laboratory is driving toward uphill destinations as part of its two-year mission extension that commenced…


From ACM TechNews

How to Steal the Mind of an AI

How to Steal the Mind of an AI

Machine-learning models can be reverse engineered, and basic safeguards are little help in ameliorating attacks, according to a paper presented at the 25th Annual Usenix Security Symposium.


From ACM TechNews

Drone Learns 'to See' in Zero-Gravity

Drone Learns 'to See' in Zero-Gravity

A small drone has learned how to determine distances using only one camera during an experiment aboard the International Space Station. 


From ACM TechNews

A Combination of Machine Learning and Game Theory Helps Fight Elephant Poaching in ­ganda

A Combination of Machine Learning and Game Theory Helps Fight Elephant Poaching in ­ganda

Technology that integrates machine learning and game theory, called Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security (PAWS), is being tested in Uganda as a way to fight elephant poachers. PAWS helps researchers advise rangers on what…


From ACM TechNews

Contract Expiration to End ­.s. Authority Over Internet Ip Addresses

Contract Expiration to End ­.s. Authority Over Internet Ip Addresses

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, officially marked the end of the U.S. government's control over the Internet's most basic functions with the expiration of its contract with the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers…


From ACM TechNews

White House to Bolster STEM Education, Close Skills Gap

White House to Bolster STEM Education, Close Skills Gap

The Obama administration has launched a new advanced placement computer science course as part of an interdisciplinary approach to improve STEM education for underrepresented students and address a shortage of skilled workers…


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Make Progress Toward Computer Video Recognition

Researchers Make Progress Toward Computer Video Recognition

Google researchers are working to advance video-recognition technology, which Rajat Monga on Google's Brain team says is due to progress in deep-learning models.


From Communications of the ACM

Optical Fibers Getting Full

Optical Fibers Getting Full

Exploring ways to push more data through a fiber one-tenth the thickness of the average human hair.


From Communications of the ACM

Battling Algorithmic Bias

Battling Algorithmic Bias

How do we ensure algorithms treat us fairly?


From Communications of the ACM

Bringing Holography to Light

Bringing Holography to Light

While 3D technologies that make headlines are not truly holographic, holographic techniques are furthering advances in important applications such as biomedical imaging.

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