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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'
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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems....

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets
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Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets

South Korea has launched its first autonomous urban patrol robot, which patrols the streets of Seoul monitoring in search of dangerous situations.

AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions
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AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

University of California, Los Angeles engineers have developed a new class of material.

Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched
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Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

The devices can be recharged with light.

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot
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Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Naver, a South Korean Internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.

Quantum Computers and the Universe
From Communications of the ACM

Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward
From Communications of the ACM

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward

Drawing inspiration from nature to enable complex behaviors.

Preserving the Past with Immersive Technologies
From Communications of the ACM

Preserving the Past with Immersive Technologies

Digital technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and holograms allow museums and other institutions to preserve historical events and tell stories...

Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts
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Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts

An experimental device under development by scientists at Australia's Macquarie University is designed to alert lifeguards when its wearer is drowning.

Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency
From ACM TechNews

Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency

Engineers have developed an ultrafast electronic/photonic chip sandwich that generates minimal heat.

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up
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The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up

The new prefixes come at a time when scientists and industries are dealing with data that need measurements going beyond the current range.

Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government
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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since November 4.

Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously
From ACM TechNews

Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Scientists are developing flexible wearable electronics that can monitor the wearer's health.

AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them
From ACM TechNews

AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

An artificial intelligence (AI) model that makes suggestions to another AI generates results as good as if they were prompts from people.

Bowers CIS Community Celebrates Life of Juris Hartmanis
From ACM News

Bowers CIS Community Celebrates Life of Juris Hartmanis

A dozen colleagues spoke about Hartmanis' significant contributions to the field of computer science.

A Tribute to Valérie Issarny
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A Tribute to Valérie Issarny

Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria), passed away on November 12.

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.
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