Topic: computing

Fernando “Corby” Corbató, credited with the computer password, dies at 93

Fernando “Corby” Corbató, the creator of the first computer password, died last week. He was 93.  Corbató is widely known for democratizing the use of computers with his creation of the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) that was demonstrated in 1961.  CTSS led to the creation of the password because it introduced the ability to have individual … continue reading

ACM recognizes innovators for groundbreaking work in AI, computing and software

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is honoring software pioneers for their work in AI, theory of computation, and computational biology. The association announced recipients for the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, and the ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award.  The ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award has been awarded … continue reading

MIT announces $1 billion commitment to advance computing and AI

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced new plans today to reshape the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and computing. The university is investing $1 billion to tackle global opportunities and challenges from computing and AI. According to the university, this is the largest investment made by an American academic institution, and this will help make … continue reading

John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson awarded 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for RISC approach

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson the recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for inventing the reduced instruction set computer (RISC) approach. Hennessy and Patterson developed a systematic and quantitative approach to designing faster, lower power, and RISC microprocessors. The approach has led to … continue reading

Microsoft Build puts focus on AI, data, cloud services

The opportunity for developers to have broad, deep impact on all parts of society and all parts of the economy have never been greater. That’s the view of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who kicked of the company’s Build conference in Seattle this morning with a keynote outlining the company’s vision for the future of computing. … continue reading

Oculus team welcomes former Xiaomi executive

Facebook continues to drive into the future of virtual reality, and this week the Oculus team received a new leader: Hugo Barra, former vice president of Chinese company Xiaomi. Barra said that he is coming to Silicon Valley to lead Facebook as the new vice president of virtual reality, which includes Team Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg, … continue reading

DARPA’s brain interface, Android WebView beta channel, and CoreOS’ Docker runtime option proposal—SD Times news digest: Feb. 17, 2015

The U.S. Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced it is developing a brain interface to inject images directly into the human visual cortex via a “cortical modem” chip implanted in the brain. DARPA announced the project at the Biology Is Technology conference this past week and subsequently in the transhumanist magazine Humanity Plus. DARPA Biological … continue reading

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