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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.


Why Facebook Is Teaching Its Machines to Think Like Humans
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Why Facebook Is Teaching Its Machines to Think Like Humans

Facebook is turning to deep learning to teach computers to more closely imitate the human brain, with the goal of gaining greater insight into individual users. ...

The Future of Prosthetics Could Be This Brain-Controlled Bionic Leg
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The Future of Prosthetics Could Be This Brain-Controlled Bionic Leg

About a year ago, Zac Vawter climbed all 103 flights of stairs of the Willis Tower in Chicago.

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question
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Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world's first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not?

Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running
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Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager's Vintage Tech Keeps Running

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has gone interstellar.

How Ios 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design
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How Ios 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

You probably feel strongly about iOS 7.

The Man Who Would Build a Computer the Size of the Entire Internet
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The Man Who Would Build a Computer the Size of the Entire Internet

Solomon Hykes has started an open source software project called Docker that aims to use the Internet as one enormous computer.

The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog
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The End of Digital Tyranny: Why the Future of Computing Is Analog

Our world is ruled by 1s and 0s.

The Tao of Facebook: 'Social Graph' Takes New Path
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The Tao of Facebook: 'Social Graph' Takes New Path

Facebook has developed a system called The Association of Objects (TAO) that facilitates the balance between data stored in MySQL and more frequently accessed data...

The Internet of Things: Open Garden
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The Internet of Things: Open Garden

When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experiments involving the building blocks...

The Secret War
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The Secret War

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles.

Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap
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Now You Can Build Google's $1m Artificial Brain on the Cheap

A researcher is trying to make deep learning more accessible to researchers. 

China Could Supplant U.S. as the Supercomputing Superpower
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China Could Supplant U.S. as the Supercomputing Superpower

Two weeks ago, Jack Dongarra flew to Changsha, China for a meeting with researchers at the National University of Defense Technology, home to the country's top...

'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains
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'chinese Google' ­nveils Visual Search Engine Powered By Fake Brains

Chinese search giant Baidu has served up its first ever visual search engine, which allows users to finally query the web using only images as input instead of...

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds
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This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

A new program called Plan X is designed to facilitate cyberwarfare executed in a manner similar to playing a video game. 

This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds
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This Pentagon Project Makes Cyberwar as Easy as Angry Birds

The target computer is picked. The order to strike has been given. All it takes is a finger swipe and a few taps of the touchscreen, and the cyberattack is prepped...

Thought Experiment: Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain
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Thought Experiment: Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain

Henry Markram believes his Human Brain Project can simulate all 86 billion neurons in the human brain as well as the 100 trillion connections among them. 

Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center
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Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center

Jason Mars is a rarity. He's an outsider with regular access to Google's data centers.

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet
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Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet

When some future Mars colonist is able to open his browser and watch a cat in a shark suit chasing a duck while riding a roomba, they will have Vint Cerf to thank...

'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley
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'chinese Google' Opens Artificial-Intelligence Lab in Silicon Valley

It doesn't look like much.

Tech Titans Plot to Reprogram Internet of the Future
From ACM TechNews

Tech Titans Plot to Reprogram Internet of the Future

 Many tech firms are  collaborating to develop an open source software-defined networking project known as OpenDaylight. 
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