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Communications of the ACM: Human Computer Interaction

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


To Illustrate the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, the Army Is Turning to Sci-Fi

2018-03-23 15:33:33 -0400

At first glance, Dark Hammer looks a lot like any other science fiction comic book: On the front cover, a drone flies over a river dividing a city with damaged and burning buildings. But this short story in graphic form comes from the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, in New York.

How the AI Cloud Could Produce the Richest Companies Ever

2018-03-23 12:49:27 -0400

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian's wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans at their suburban Seattle home. So over the Christmas break, Sivasubramanian, the head of Amazon's AI division, began rigging up a system to let her do just that.

Enough About Cryptocurrency. Let's Talk About Virtual Cats

2018-03-23 12:11:25 -0400

We spend way too much time talking about digital currencies and not nearly enough time on digital cats.

Uber Robocar Kills Pedestrian, Despite Presence of Safety Driver

2018-03-22 15:22:55 -0400

This is the first fatality involving a robocar under the care of a professional human minder.

AI Can Spot Signs of Alzheimer's Before Your Family Does

2018-03-22 12:00:12 -0400

Researchers are exploring machine learning as a tool for identifying signs of Alzheimer's disease that physicians and loved ones may otherwise overlook.

New UTSA Study Presents Method to Stop Cyberattacks on GPS-Enabled Devices

2018-03-22 12:00:12 -0400

A new study describes a computer algorithm that mitigates the effects of spoofed GPS attacks on electrical grids and other GPS-reliant technologies.

New Model Reveals Forgotten Influencers and 'Sleeping Beauties' of Science

2018-03-22 12:00:12 -0400

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Knowledge Lab have created a computational model to measure the spread of influential ideas across scholarship and culture.

Machines See the Future for Patients Diagnosed With Brain Tumors

2018-03-22 12:00:12 -0400

New artificial intelligence software forecasts the survival of glioma patients by examining tissue biopsy data.

Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results 2018

2018-03-22 12:16:14 -0400

This year, over 100,000 developers told us how they learn, build their careers, which tools they're using, and what they want in a job.

Non-Lethal Weapon: DOD Seeks to Use Lasers to Create Shouting Will-O-the-Wisp

2018-03-22 11:24:04 -0400

The Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Development Program (JNLWD) is closing in on a directed energy weapon that can literally tell people to go away—creating sound waves with laser pulses that can annoy, frighten, or otherwise send the message to people approaching a military unit that getting closer is not a good idea.

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted Users

2018-03-22 11:13:51 -0400

Facebook Inc.'s handling of user data has upset lawmakers and regulators in multiple countries. But the biggest risk to its business could come from angry users.

Kids See More Women in Science than Five Decades Ago

2018-03-22 11:07:20 -0400

The study from Northwestern University was looking at gender stereotypes in science over years and how these develop in children.

The U.S. Military Wants AI to Dream Up Weird New Helicopters

2018-03-20 13:00:13 -0400

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding efforts to employ artificial intelligence to conceptualize complex component designs, including the D-FOCUS project which offers alternatives to existing designs.

Origami-Inspired 'Inspector Gadget Robotic Arm'

2018-03-19 12:00:12 -0400

Researchers at Seoul National University's Soft Robotics Research Center have developed a foldable origami-inspired robotic arm that can self-fold while also being highly rigid.

New AI Can Tell If a Person Is Male or Female by Reading Their Smile

2018-03-16 13:00:15 -0400

A new artificial intelligence system that identifies gender by reading a person's smiles.

Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing

2018-03-16 13:00:14 -0400

Researchers used a tortoise-shaped robot to teach children not to abuse robots.

'Body on a Chip' Could Improve Drug Evaluation

2018-03-16 13:00:15 -0400

A microfluidic platform links engineered tissues from multiple human organs to replicate organ-drug interactions so medications' effects on different parts of the body can be modeled.

Intelligent to a Fault: When AI Screws Up, You Might Still Be to Blame

2018-03-16 10:43:16 -0400

Artificial intelligence is already making significant inroads in taking over mundane, time-consuming tasks many humans would rather not do.

Expert Says Graduates in AI Should Take Oath: 'I Must Not Play at God nor Let My Technology Do So'

2018-03-15 14:29:40 -0400

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence CEO Oren Etzioni suggests artificial intelligence should be "developed from a higher moral ground today."

Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers

2018-03-15 13:35:22 -0400

Madison Square Garden has quietly used facial-recognition technology to bolster security and identify those entering the building, according to multiple people familiar with the arena's security procedures.

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

2018-03-15 13:09:53 -0400

What is the price of anarchy?

AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why

2018-03-15 12:17:42 -0400

A new test will pose elementary-school-level multiple-choice science questions to artificial intelligence systems.

Brain-Emulating Chips Get Smarter, Smaller, More Efficient

2018-03-15 12:00:20 -0400

Neuromorphic chips manage "many cores" by connecting artificial neurons with artificial neurons, mirroring how human brains operate.

Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery

2018-03-15 11:53:33 -0400

If you think your on-the-job training was tough, imagine what life is like for newbie surgeons.

Demand for Blockchain Experts Surges Amid Skills Shortage

2018-03-14 13:00:13 -0400

China's need for blockchain technology experts is soaring.

Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology

2018-03-14 16:36:27 -0400

The deep neural networks that power today's artificial intelligence systems work in mysterious ways.

Researchers Restore 'Feeling' to Lost Limbs, Kinda

2018-03-14 16:12:59 -0400

The bionic hand closes slowly. Its slender metal digits whirr as they jitter into a loose fist, as though they are wrapping around an invisible baton.

UTSA Researchers Want to Teach Computers to Learn Like Humans

2018-03-14 13:00:14 -0400

Researchers have created a new cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence designed to teach machines to learn like humans.

Mechanical Harvesting of Papayas Might Be a Reality With Computational Technique

2018-03-14 13:00:13 -0400

Researchers are investigating how papayas could be harvested mechanically using algorithms and computer vision.

U of R Researchers Developing Automated Pain Detection System for Dementia Patients

2018-03-14 13:00:13 -0400

University of Regina researchers have developed a system that can recognize when non-verbal adults with dementia are in pain.