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How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You
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How Online 'chatbots' Are Already Tricking You

Sometimes it's the promise of sex that fools you.

Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis
From ACM TechNews

Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis

Duke University undergraduate Brittany Wenger recently spoke about her research into using artificial intelligence to teach computers to diagnose cancer. 

Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software
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Pixar to Give Away 'toy Story' 3D Renderman Software

Pixar plans to make a non-commercial version of RenderMan freely available to students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use. 

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?
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'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?

The robot tank is moving rapidly through the scrub on its caterpillar tracks.

More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling
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More Google 'forget' Requests Emerge After Eu Ruling

A man who tried to kill his family is among the latest to request removal of search results from Google.

3D Printing Reveals the Power of Shark Skin
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3D Printing Reveals the Power of Shark Skin

Viewed up close, a shark's skin bristles with tiny teeth or "denticles" which aid swimming.

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?
From ACM News

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?

Sixteen years ago, a Spaniard named Mario Costeja Gonzalez had hit financial difficulties.

Will We Ever… Control the Weather?
From ACM News

Will We Ever… Control the Weather?

With 2,000 drummers, 15,000 other performers and vast quantities of fireworks, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was a dazzling spectacle.

Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
From ACM News

Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize
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Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize

Prof Stuart Parkin developed a type of data-reading head capable of detecting weaker and smaller signals than had previously been possible.

Half-Century Milestone For Ibm Mainframes
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Half-Century Milestone For Ibm Mainframes

The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Comet Lander Checks In with Earth
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Comet Lander Checks In with Earth

The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Apple Seeks Greater Emoji Racial Diversity
From ACM TechNews

Apple Seeks Greater Emoji Racial Diversity

Apple says it wants to boost the ethnic diversity of the emoji used in text-messaging apps.

Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?
From ACM News

Will We Ever Travel in Wormholes?

The universe is huge.

The Digital ­nwrapping of the Egyptian Priest Neswaiu
From ACM News

The Digital ­nwrapping of the Egyptian Priest Neswaiu

In the 19th century and even later, there was no shortage of people eager to watch the unwrapping of an Egyptian mummy.

Alan Turing Institute to Be Set Up to Research Big Data
From ACM TechNews

Alan Turing Institute to Be Set Up to Research Big Data

The U.K.  government will provide 42 million UK pounds ($70 million US) to fund a research center that will carry the name of computer pioneer Alan Turing. 

Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'
From ACM News

Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'

As diplomatic efforts are stepped up to ease tensions in Ukraine, security experts have warned that Kiev and Moscow are locked in a cyber stand-off.

Rise of the Human Exoskeletons
From ACM News

Rise of the Human Exoskeletons

On the outskirts of Pisa in a back room of a modern block, a machine is waiting for its operator.

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry
From ACM Careers

The Special Effects Firms Transforming the Film Industry

If you are looking for a sure thing at this year's Oscars look no further than Gravity to win the best visual effects category.
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