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Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Scientists at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universitas Indonesia, in Indonesia, are researching artificial intelligence and the application...

­ci to Test Earthquake Damage Sensors in Newport
From ACM TechNews

­ci to Test Earthquake Damage Sensors in Newport

Researchers at UC Irvine are using sensor technology to test how water pipes are damaged in an earthquake, and the results could be used to build a public alert...

From ACM News

Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
From ACM News

­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home

Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with limited mobility may be on the horizon, thanks to three University of Illinois at...

Hankering For Molecular Electronics? Grab the New Nist Sandwich
From ACM News

Hankering For Molecular Electronics? Grab the New Nist Sandwich

The sandwich recipe recently concocted by scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may prove tasty for computer chip designers...

Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer
From ACM TechNews

Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer

Fujitsu is building a 10-petaflop supercomputer based on its upcoming Sparc64 VIIIfx processor. The new processor has eight processor cores, with each running...

Medical Nanobots
From Communications of the ACM

Medical Nanobots

Researchers working in medical nanorobotics are creating technologies that could lead to novel health-care applications, such as new ways of accessing areas of...

Entering a Parallel Universe
From Communications of the ACM

Entering a Parallel Universe

The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel...

Grid Computing, the New Commodity
From ACM TechNews

Grid Computing, the New Commodity

The European Union-funded GridEcon project has developed a platform for trading computing resources and buying and selling standardized computing resources. GridEcon's...

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
From ACM TechNews

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays
From ACM TechNews

Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor John Rogers has led the development of a new technique for manufacturing tiny inorganic light-emitting diodes...

Robots 'evolve' the Ability to Deceive
From ACM TechNews

Robots 'evolve' the Ability to Deceive

Robots programmed to find food concealed their performance from other robots by the 50th generation in a research project at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de...

Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips
From ACM TechNews

Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips

Scientists at Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are adapting the same methods used in fusion-energy research toView...

Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast
From ACM TechNews

Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast

The continuance of Moore's Law—the axiom that the number of devices that can be economically installed on a processor chip doubles every other year—will mainly...

Tiny Robots Get a Grip on Nanotubes
From ICT Results

Tiny Robots Get a Grip on Nanotubes

How do you handle the tiny components needed for constructing nanoscale devices? A European consortium has built two microrobotic demonstrators that can automatically...

Harvard Research Team Receives $10m Nsf Grant to Develop Small-Scale Mobile Robotic Devices
From ACM TechNews

Harvard Research Team Receives $10m Nsf Grant to Develop Small-Scale Mobile Robotic Devices

A Harvard University-led, multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers, and biologists have received a $10 million U.S. National Science Foundation...

The Grill: MIT Media Labs' David Merrill on Tangible Computing
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The Grill: MIT Media Labs' David Merrill on Tangible Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab graduate student David Merrill has co-invented Siftables to facilitate more natural and tangible interaction with...

From ACM TechNews

Experimental Tech Turns Your Coffee Table Into a ­niversal Remote

The recent ACM SIGGRAPH conference offered a video demonstration of Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces (CRISTAL),...

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano
From ACM TechNews

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano

A group of "spiderbots" released inside Mount St. Helens in Washington is the first network of volcano sensors capable of automatically communicating with each...

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic...
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