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The latest news, opinion and research in human-computer interaction, from Communications online.


Beyond Bitcoin: How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System

2017-12-14 13:10:22 -0500

On a spring day more than 5,000 years ago in the Mesopotamian city of Ur, a foreign merchant sold his wares in exchange for a large bundle of silver.

New NIST Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

2017-12-14 12:00:13 -0500

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a set of software tools designed to ensure digital evidence holds up in court.

New Mapping Technique Can Help Fight Extreme Poverty

2017-12-14 12:00:13 -0500

Researchers say they have developed a new way to create poverty maps by using computational tools such as cellphone records, data from satellites, and geographic information systems.

How Implants Powered by Ultrasound Can Help Monitor Health

2017-12-14 12:00:13 -0500

Researchers have unveiled small implants designed for disease diagnosis and treatment by using ultrasound to safely beam both energy and instructions.

The Researcher Who Wants to Bring AI to Factories

2017-12-14 12:28:55 -0500

Gargantuan Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn employs more than 1 million people and tens of thousands of robots making iPhones and other electronics.

AI Researchers Are Trying to Combat How AI Can Be Used to Lie and Deceive

2017-12-13 12:00:14 -0500

Artificial intelligence researchers gathered last week to discuss measures against the technology's use for deceit and disinformation.

Researchers Use WWII Code-Breaking Techniques to Interpret Brain Data

2017-12-14 09:19:55 -0500

A team of researchers used cryptographic techniques to decode the activity of motor neurons, which allowed them to predict, from brain data, which direction monkeys will move their arms.

This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into ASCII Art

2017-12-13 12:00:13 -0500

Osamu Akiyama at Osaka University in Japan says he has developed a machine-learning neural network that can render any kind of line drawing in ASCII.

As AI and Robots Rise Up, Do Humans Need an Upgrade Too? 

2017-12-13 12:54:58 -0500

There is a chip implanted in my hand. I'm serious.

Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

2017-12-13 12:00:14 -0500

A new technique exploits a wall's symmetry to see through it using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of the material making up the wall.

Diagnosing Performance Problems in Supercomputers

2017-12-13 12:00:13 -0500

The Lightweight Distributed Metric Service is a framework to automatically monitor and diagnose performance issues in supercomputers.

Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood

2017-12-13 12:00:13 -0500

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have found that tweets reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over a 24-hour day.

Revolutionizing Electronics Using Kirigami

2017-12-13 12:00:13 -0500

Researchers in Japan have developed an ultrastretchable bioprobe using Kirigami designs, which enables the device to follow the contours of deformable biological samples.

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC's Net Neutrality Comments

2017-12-13 10:59:20 -0500

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with botsmemes, and input from people who don't actually exist.

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality Vote 

2017-12-13 10:19:20 -0500

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."

Virtual Reality Makes Journalism Immersive, Realism Makes It Credible

2017-12-12 12:00:12 -0500

Researchers at Pennsylania State University have found virtual reality can help journalists pull readers into their stories, but flashier design elements of VR can damage credibility.  

The Force is Strong: Amputee Controls Individual Prosthetic Fingers

2017-12-12 10:48:38 -0500

Luke Skywalker's bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually.

Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

2017-12-11 12:00:13 -0500

Researchers have used a machine learning algorithm similar to Facebook's friend recommender program to track dolphins.

Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site

2017-12-11 12:00:13 -0500

Researchers are using a 2012 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop Explore Apollo, a public website featuring audio from the Apollo moon missions.

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

2017-12-11 10:40:03 -0500

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

AI Will Replace Coders by 2040, Warn Academics

2017-12-08 12:00:13 -0500

Coders and programmers could find themselves becoming marginalized by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Google's 'Superhuman' DeepMind AI Claims Chess Crown

2017-12-08 12:00:13 -0500

Google says its DeepMind unit's AlphaGo Zero algorithm defeated world-leading specialist software Stockfish 8 in a chess match within hours of teaching itself the game.

'Grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas by Driving Up Toy Prices

2017-12-08 12:00:13 -0500

Online fraudsters are frustrating Christmas shoppers by using software bots to buy up the most popular toys to resell at inflated prices at third-party websites.

Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See

2017-12-08 12:00:13 -0500

A new study has found virtual reality users need training to effectively perceive and use virtual imagery.

Plunge Into a (Virtual Reality) Black Hole

2017-12-08 12:24:30 -0500

Imagine, in the frigid depths of space, a pair of immense black holes crashing together so violently that they shake the fabric of space and time.

The Next Big Step for AI? Understanding Video

2017-12-07 12:00:12 -0500

The Moments in Time Dataset is a massive archive of three-second video clips annotated with minute details of the action being performed.

Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement

2017-12-07 12:00:12 -0500

Online students who use innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom.

UH Manoa Field Testing Mobile App for Visually Impaired at Yosemite National Park

2017-12-07 12:00:12 -0500

Researchers recently conducted a user test of the UniD mobile app, which is designed to make brochures at national parks accessible to the visually impaired.

A Tiny New Chip Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT

2017-12-07 11:40:49 -0500

The Internet of Things security crisis persists, as billions of inadequately secured webcams, refrigerators, and more flood homes around the world.

In Pursuit of an Artificial Brain

2017-12-07 11:21:56 -0500

Researchers are creating artificial life to take thinking beyond the human realm; the approach could redefine artificial intelligence.