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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.


Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs
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Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs

Amazon has rolled out a new warehouse robot in order to automate more jobs as the company seeks to reduce logistics costs.

Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars
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Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars

Volvo Cars will soon become the first automaker to install laser-based sensors across its entire fleet.

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers
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Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.  

Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls
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Human Rights Come Under Pressure From Digital Controls

Some are concerned about the increased use of digital strategies by authoritarian regimes worldwide to undermine human rights and facilitate mass surveillance. ...

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
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Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship
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Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Researchers used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.

Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health
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Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health

Alphabet and Apple are following different strategies to transform healthcare.

Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App
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Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App

Apple and U.S. insurance firm Aetna have partnered on a new Apple Watch application, through which users can access detailed health records.

Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds
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Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds

Columbia University researchers have developed a system that can produce intelligible synthetic speech through computer processing of human brain activity.

'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News
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'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News

A hackathon inspired by the influence of fake news on the U.S. presidential election seeks to incentivize the prioritization of truth.

­S Military: Robot Wars
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­S Military: Robot Wars

When historians come to write about technological innovation in the first half of this century, they are likely to pay special attention to a US Navy drone called...

Will Software that Writes Code Alter Tech's Script?
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Will Software that Writes Code Alter Tech's Script?

Several companies are promising to create software that will be able to do most of the grunt work of writing software on its own. 

Japanese Robots Earn Their Keep
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Japanese Robots Earn Their Keep

Japanese researchers have developed a robot designed to provide assistance and companionship to human astronauts who spend months working in space.

Ibm Eyes 'big Data' Help For Brain Injury
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Ibm Eyes 'big Data' Help For Brain Injury

Aiming to leverage big data technology for the benefit of healthcare, IBM is working with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center physicians to develop data-analysis...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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It Built Into Your Jewelery

Henry Tirri, Nokia's head of research, says the economic downturn will lead to more investments in collaboration tools, broadband, video, and mobile technology...
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