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Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Probing the Whole Internet For Weak Spots
From ACM TechNews

Probing the Whole Internet For Weak Spots

When the FREAK encryption flaw was uncovered in early March, a team of researchers used a special tool to scan the entire Internet to identify vulnerable websites...

Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions
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Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

New artificial intelligence software developed by Facebook can process text and then answer questions about it. 

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game
From ACM News

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game

We have self-driving cars, knowledgeable digital assistants, and software capable of putting names to faces as well as any expert.

High-Resolution 3D Scans Built From Drone Photos
From ACM TechNews

High-Resolution 3D Scans Built From Drone Photos

Drones offer an inexpensive way to capture three-dimensional scans of buildings, terrain, and other objects. 

Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber
From ACM TechNews

Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber

A researcher compared Uber's prices with those of New York City's Yellow Cabs. 

Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team
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Pagerank Algorithm Reveals World's All-Time Top Soccer Team

Google's Pagerank algorithm has become one of the most famous in computer science. It was originally designed to rank websites according to their importance by...

Engineering the Perfect Baby
From ACM News

Engineering the Perfect Baby

If anyone had devised a way to create a genetically engineered baby, I figured George Church would know about it.

Data Mining Indian Recipes Reveals New Food Pairing Phenomenon
From ACM TechNews

Data Mining Indian Recipes Reveals New Food Pairing Phenomenon

Indian Institute of Technology researchers have created a flavor network in which food ingredients are linked if they appear together in the same recipe. 

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You
From ACM Careers

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You

A Canadian startup is working to make monsters, fish, and other creatures seem to come alive inside a tabletop box.

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
From ACM News

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Internet of Dna
From ACM News

Internet of Dna

Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name.

Magic Leap
From ACM News

Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence
From ACM Opinion

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup.

The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day
From ACM TechNews

The Facebook Page That Posts the Same Picture Every Day

The Facebook page "the same photo of Toto Cutugno every day" has caught the attention of fans of the Italian singer, as well as researchers. 

A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets
From ACM News

A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets

Smartphones, tablets and PCs should appear this year that can send and receive data wirelessly more than 10 times faster than a Wi-Fi connection.

The Algorithm That Unscrambles Fractured Images
From ACM News

The Algorithm That Unscrambles Fractured Images

Take a hammer to a mirror and you will fracture the image it produces as well as the glass.

Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'
From ACM News

Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'

Many cars now include cameras or other sensors that record the passing world and trigger intelligent behavior, such as automatic braking or steering to avoid an...

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers
From ACM News

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers

A new form of computer memory might help machines match the capabilities of the human brain when it comes to tasks such as interpreting images or video footage.

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence

The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine...
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