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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Heat-Seeking Cameras Could Help Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe
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Heat-Seeking Cameras Could Help Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

After Uber's fatal self-driving crash last month in Tempe, Arizona, most observers had two basic question: Why did the car not see Elaine Herzberg crossing the...

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory
From ACM News

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.

Shrinking Machines, Cellular Computers
From Communications of the ACM

Shrinking Machines, Cellular Computers

Scientists are using DNA and RNA to build the world's tiniest robots and computing devices.

Using Functions for Easier Programming
From Communications of the ACM

Using Functions for Easier Programming

Functional programming languages automate many of the details underlying specific operations.

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
From ACM Careers

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data
From Communications of the ACM

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data

Researchers are exploring ways to put medical data to greater use while better protecting privacy.

How Social Networking Sites May Discriminate Against Women
From ACM TechNews

How Social Networking Sites May Discriminate Against Women

Researchers have shown how two common recommendation algorithms intensify a network effect known as homophily, in which similar or like-minded people cluster together...

Using AI to Detect Heart Disease
From ACM TechNews

Using AI to Detect Heart Disease

Researchers have developed a better way to predict and monitor cardiovascular disease.

Researchers Design ‘Soft’ Robots that Can Move on Their Own
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Design ‘Soft’ Robots that Can Move on Their Own

A team of researchers has developed a new class of soft robot that can adapt to the environment.

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says
From ACM News

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says

The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to...

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google
From ACM Opinion

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy...

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs
From ACM TechNews

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

A new method uses existing manufacturing processes to build optics and electronics separately on-chip.

FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices
From ACM News

FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices

The organization is also looking at launching a public-private safety board to provide analysis and field expertise in a range of technological and clinical subject...

Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form
From ACM News

Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form

The genome of the flu virus has been fully sequenced in its native RNA form for the first time. Previously, all influenza genomes—as well as those of other viruses...

Flexible TVs, High-Performance Wearable Smart Tech One Step Closer
From ACM TechNews

Flexible TVs, High-Performance Wearable Smart Tech One Step Closer

Researchers in the U.K. and China have developed a nanoscale transistor that could be used in flexible televisions, tablets, and phones, as well as in wearable...

How AR and Computer Mapping are Leading to Safer Medical Procedures
From ACM TechNews

How AR and Computer Mapping are Leading to Safer Medical Procedures

New smartphone technology can create a more accurate human body scan by using augmented reality and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping.

Intelligent Components for the Power Grid of the Future
From ACM TechNews

Intelligent Components for the Power Grid of the Future

A smart transformer prototype that automatically regulates the current flow in semiconductors made of silicon carbide could be used for better integration of electric...

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots
From ACM TechNews

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots

Researchers are studying how artificial intelligence and robotics can be used to improve food preparation, cooking, and delivery.

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips
From ACM Careers

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

China is looking to catch up with rivals like the United States and Germany in high-end technology, making a major push with a "Made in China 2025" strategy that...
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