Communications of the ACM: Personal Computing

in science •  last year

On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio.

In late June, I was leaving for a flight from Kiev's Boryspil Airport as news broke that Ukraine was the victim of another massive cyberattack.

Academics are often encouraged to use social media sites to disseminate their research findings, but a new study says that most tweeting on academic research is "almost entirely mechanical and devoid of original thought."

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.

A year ago, Andrew Torba would have balked at the idea of regulating the Internet.

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including JiboKuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them look somewhat similar.

Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet.

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated the world.

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military personnel probing weaknesses in corporate, national and even personal online defenses.

The WeChat account of a robot "monk" in Beijing that uses artificial intelligence to speak with the public is communicating in English — although it still refers many questions to its master.

The technology world's $400 billion-and-up club—long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon—needs to make room for two Chinese members.

In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is "dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism."

Leeds Beckett University has launched a chatbot to help prospective students find the right courses.

Researchers at Brigham Young University have found most users of Facebook Messenger, What'sApp, and the Viber messaging apps leave themselves open to fraud or other hacks because they are unaware of or are not using the right security tools.

We the people have always been helplessly drawn to the concept of magic: the notion that you can will something to happen by wiggling your nose, speaking special words or waving your hands a certain way.

Video games are, in a way, the perfect medium through which to depict the post-apocalypse. If we assume that after the collapse of civilisation everyone will revert to a brutal state of nature, then violence is the natural engine of the drama.

There's a reason why the premise of American Gods is so alluring: the US is home to a wild and glorious mishmash of gods, folktales, and cultural heritage.

When Roger Dingledine talks about the dark web, he waves his hands in the air, as if not quite convinced of its existence.


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