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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.


The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home
From ACM News

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button...

Saving Crops and People With Bug Sensors
From ACM TechNews

Saving Crops and People With Bug Sensors

A new method of classifying insects could help protect crops from insect damage and limit the spread of insect-borne diseases. 

Surveying African Cities Using Twitter
From ACM TechNews

Surveying African Cities Using Twitter

Researchers are using Twitter to help determine quantitative information on economic activity, population counts, and other measures in developing countries.

Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems
From ACM News

Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems

Researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, working with colleagues at the University of Washington, have developed a new computer...

Cars That Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot
From ACM TechNews

Cars That Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot

Researchers affiliated with South Korea's Hanyang University are developing a system to fully automate the parking process, including helping find a parking space...

Transcending Artificial Intelligence
From ACM Opinion

Transcending Artificial Intelligence

While it can be a blast going to see the latest Hollywood sci-fi thriller, watching it along with a leading expert in the science and technology fields relevant...

Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation
From ACM TechNews

Massachusetts Invests In Big Data Innovation

Massachusetts is providing $3 million in funding to launch its Open Cloud project to build a new public cloud computing infrastructure for big data innovation. 

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps
From ACM News

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?

A System Detects Global Trends in Social Networks Two Months in Advance
From ACM TechNews

A System Detects Global Trends in Social Networks Two Months in Advance

A new monitoring method identifies what information will be relevant on social networks as far as two months in advance. 

Fifty Years of Basic, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal
From ACM News

Fifty Years of Basic, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it's a shame more people don't learn to do it.

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm
From ACM News

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm

At a bitcoin conference in Miami this January, Jeffrey Tucker, a laissez-faire economist and libertarian icon, made an unexpected observation.

Data Mashups Can Help Answer the World's Biggest Questions
From ACM TechNews

Data Mashups Can Help Answer the World's Biggest Questions

The Medical and Environmental Data Mashup Infrastructure project aims to enable research into the links between climate, weather, environment, and health. 

Computer Program Could Help Solve Arson Cases
From ACM TechNews

Computer Program Could Help Solve Arson Cases

Researchers say they have developed software that can cut the time needed to determine the cause of a deliberately set fire. 

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets
From ACM News

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The first rule of riding in Google's self-driving car, says Dmitri Dolgov, is not to compliment Google's self-driving car.

­p Close on Baseball's Borders
From ACM News

­p Close on Baseball's Borders

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line.

Robot Scouts Rooms People Can't Enter
From ACM TechNews

Robot Scouts Rooms People Can't Enter

Student researchers are working with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a robotic system that can be used to map rooms in three-dimensional space. 

Technology Confounds the Courts
From Communications of the ACM

Technology Confounds the Courts

Despite the need to make decisions relevant to technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court is not the most techno-savvy group.

The Forever Disc
From Communications of the ACM

The Forever Disc

Can our digital data represent us a million years from now?

How Computers Are Changing Biology
From Communications of the ACM

How Computers Are Changing Biology

Sophisticated computer models and simulations are replacing test tubes and beakers. This revolution in biology research is redefining medicine, agriculture, and...

Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report
From ACM TechNews

Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

Researchers say they have developed a computational method that dramatically speeds up estimates of gene activity from RNA sequencing data. 
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