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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.


New California Law Creates Complications for Connected Cars
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New California Law Creates Complications for Connected Cars

The California Consumer Privacy Act is one of the most stringent and sweeping privacy laws in the country, but may create complications for carmakers and dealerships...

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
From ACM TechNews

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
From ACM TechNews

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security
From ACM TechNews

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security

Computer scientists have designed an algorithm to combat poaching in wildlife preserves.

Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?
From ACM News

Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?

Supporters say coding know-how is good for students in an increasingly digital world. Opponents say public schools shouldn't serve as job-training sites for tech...

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War
From ACM News

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

The new principles follow recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

Wake steering can help ever-larger turbines work together more efficiently on wind farms.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
From Communications of the ACM

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
From ACM TechNews

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA
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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures."

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices
From ACM TechNews

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices

A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio enables Internet of Things devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
From ACM TechNews

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
From ACM TechNews

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield
From ACM TechNews

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield

An interdisciplinary research team developed a convolutional neural network that generates crop yield predictions, incorporating information from topographic variables...

Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con
From ACM News

Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con

Quantum cryptography is clever and impressive, but companies calling it "unbreakable" and "unhackable" turns me into Shrödinger's sourpuss.

The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China
From ACM News

The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China

Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time
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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

Team says halicin kills some of the world's most dangerous strains.
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