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June 2017


From ACM TechNews

Robot Design For Dummies

Robot Design For Dummies

A interactive design tool enables novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using three-dimensionally-printed components and commercially available actuators.


From ACM News

How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps

How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps

A Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs, the U.S. Justice Department announced. The value of the stolen Jeeps was $4.5 million.


From ACM Opinion

20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

20 Years After Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.


From ACM News

Mummy Dna ­nravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry

Mummy Dna ­nravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry

The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure—human DNA—has proved elusive.


From ACM News

Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Teport: All the Slides, Plus Analysis

Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Teport: All the Slides, Plus Analysis

The most anticipated slide deck of the year is here.


From ACM News

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.


From ACM News

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? ­ncle Sam Wants to Review It

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? ­ncle Sam Wants to Review It

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."


From ACM TechNews

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new approach for making compliant, controllable robotic structures.


From ACM TechNews

­cf Research Could Bring 'drastically' Higher Resolution to Your Phone and Tv

­cf Research Could Bring 'drastically' Higher Resolution to Your Phone and Tv

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a color-changing surface that is tunable via electric voltage.


From ACM TechNews

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Researchers have developed a hand-worn device connected to a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients retrain their brains to recover hand movements.


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­w Engineers Borrow From Electronics to Build Largest Circuits to Date in Living Eukaryotic Cells

­w Engineers Borrow From Electronics to Build Largest Circuits to Date in Living Eukaryotic Cells

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells.


From ACM News

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing

Future quantum computers will need software tailored to their specific ways of operating.


From Communications of the ACM

Potential and Peril

Potential and Peril

The outlook for artificial intelligence-based autonomous weapons.


From Communications of the ACM

Weaving the Web

Weaving the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a paradigm shift that changed the world with his invention of the World Wide Web, Hypertext Transport Protocol, and Hypertext Markup Language.


From Communications of the ACM

Optimization Search Finds a Heart of Glass

Optimization Search Finds a Heart of Glass

Analog computing could provide greater efficiency, improved digital algorithms.


From Communications of the ACM

Deep Learning Takes on Translation

Deep Learning Takes on Translation

Improvements in hardware, the availability of massive amounts of data, and algorithmic upgrades are among the factors supporting better machine translation.

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