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Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:13

The Ripple cryptocurrency is being used by global banks to speed cross-border payments.

A Computer Science Legacy Extends 70 Years

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:32

Valerie Barr has been selected the first person to hold the Jean E. Sammet Chair in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:17

Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they're wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive.

In Memoriam: Charles W. Bachman 1924-2017

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 15:21

An engineer was best known for his work in database management systems, and in techniques of layered architecture that include Bachman diagrams.

The Search for the Solar System's Most Likely Place for Life

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 14:24

Chris McKay has fallen out of love with Mars. The red, dusty, corroded world no longer holds the allure it once did.

New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:48

In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House.

Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00

A recent study highlights the feasibility of incorporating human moral decision-making into machines.

Drones Get to Grips With Planning the Delivery of Goods

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria are developing a system in which customers order products that can be delivered via drones.

Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have used sensors and artificial intelligence to create self-driving electric wheelchairs.

After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00

U.S. President Donald J. Trump had to intervene to allow a team of teenage Afghani girls trying to enter the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge to enter the U.S.

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

This Deep Learning AI Generated Thousands of Creepy Cat Pictures

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:00

The Meow Generator is a collection of machine-learning algorithms that have created more than 15,000 disturbing cat faces.

NASA Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:41

 In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like.

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:58

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:02

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.

President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 08:53

World-leading computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:58

Among the many reasons humans are bizarre among mammals (the dearth of body hair, the bipedalism, the fact that someone invented the turducken) is a sad shortcoming: You and I don't have sensory whiskers.

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:14

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that viral tweets during the final two months of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign show Hillary Clinton was much more heavily criticized on social media than Donald Trump. 

A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Seville have developed a system to estimate the time that it takes to complete a walk in the countryside. A system algorithm uses length and gradient as the main variables when establishing how long a walk takes. 

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