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Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:39

Taylor had the idea that led to the Arpanet, the forerunner of the Internet.

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:24

Sammet was the first female president of ACM,, created the computer language FORMAC, and was a key member of the committee that created COBOL.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason.

Your Phone's Power Use Can Give Hackers an Opening

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have shown even without a data cable, hackers can analyze a device's power needs to access users' private information.

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior of a 45-qubit quantum computer.

4D Printing Gets Simpler and Faster

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers has developed a new approach that significantly simplifies and increases the potential of four-dimensional printing.

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed four computer-learning algorithms that significantly outperform American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for predicting heart attacks or strokes.

Robot Ray Swims Using High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them.

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:32

Georg Gottlob been selected by the Awards Panel of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the 2017 winner of the Lovelace Medal.

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 17:45

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and a glass of wine in my hand.

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:17

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.

State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

A new study from six organizations summarizes state-by-state surveys on U.S. computer science education policies for grades K-12. "There are simply not enough adequately trained people to fill the current need for . . . [computer science] professionals," the report says. 

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

Steven Smith at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has developed an algorithmic technique to thwart the collection of online users' browsing history. The algorithm conceals Web activity by pumping false traffic out of the user's home network. 

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert panel at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

Google is testing a new collaborative machine-learning training method in which training data is diffused across millions of individual mobile devices instead of housed in datasets distributed across servers in the cloud.

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language. Their study shows AI systems are digesting the deeply innate biases hidden within the patterns of language use. 

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:02

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:41

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can do the exact opposite: cause regions that are nearly depleted of electrically charged particles.

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like a Computer Simulation

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:38

The ocellated lizard—known as the jeweled lacerta in the pet trade—is born rusty brown with white polka dots.

Don't Use the Force, Luke, Use the Targeting Computer  

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:30

Remember when Luke's running the trench in the Death Star, and he's about to fire his fateful shot, and at the last minute he decides to turn off the targeting computer and use the Force instead?