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Go for It on Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

If humans can't beat a computer at "Jeopardy!" why should we trust them to make the right call on fourth down in the Super Bowl? That was the fundamental question...

How We Know
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How We Know

James Gleick's first chapter has the title "Drums That Talk." It explains the concept of information by looking at a simple example.

Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010
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Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010

He raised important public issues, such as the impact of computers and the Internet on society, and encouraged social responsibility for computer professionals....

Evaluating Government Funding
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Evaluating Government Funding

A presidential report asserts the value of U.S. government investments in the cross-agency Networking and Information Technology Research...

Twitter as Medium and Message
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Twitter as Medium and Message

Researchers are mining Twitter's vast flow of data to measure public sentiment, follow political activity, and detect earthquakes and flu outbreaks.

Grid Computing's Future
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Grid Computing's Future

Outreach programs and usability improvements are drawing many researchers to grid computing from disciplines that have not traditionally used such resources.

An Html For Numbers
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An Html For Numbers

The Age of Data is just around the corner, right where it has been for years. As someone who spends a lot his time creating visualizations, I've been hoping for...

Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears
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Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears

At the dawn of the modern computer era, two Pentagon-financed laboratories bracketed Stanford University. At one laboratory, a small group of scientists and engineers...

Researchers Inventory a World of Information
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Researchers Inventory a World of Information

Data is the common currency that unites all fields of science.

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Intel Developing Security 'game-Changer'

Intel researchers are developing computer security technology that stop all zero-day attacks. "We're going to see a quantum jump in the ability of future devices...

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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-one men and women are inducted as 2010 ACM Fellows.

ACM Launches New Digital Library
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ACM Launches New Digital Library

More than 50 years of computing literature is augmented, streamlined, and joined to powerful new tools for retrieval and analysis.

Following the Crowd
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Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
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Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Information Theory After Shannon
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Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases
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Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases

Power-saving processor algorithms have the potential to create significant energy and cost savings.

Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid
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Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid

Advanced internet technologies, energy management and the smart grid are coming together in an unlikely location: a mid-sized city in the South.

Berkeley Lab To Help China Improve Energy Efficiency of Data Centers
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Berkeley Lab To Help China Improve Energy Efficiency of Data Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has started working with China to improve the energy performance of its data centers.

India's Elephantine Effort
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India's Elephantine Effort

An ambitious biometric ID project in the world's second most populous nation aims to relieve poverty, but faces many hurdles.

The Touchy Subject of Haptics
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The Touchy Subject of Haptics

After more than 20 years of research and development, are haptic interfaces finally getting ready to enter the computing mainstream?
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