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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.


Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots
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Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots

Duke University researchers say they have developed a custom processor to perform robotic motion planning that accelerates the process by three orders of magnitude...

Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be
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Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Researchers have developed an improved version of last year's LineFORM multifunctional snake robot that introduces modularity to the system.

Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching
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Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new kind of robotic skin that incorporates active heating.  

The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff
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The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab are working to develop autonomous quadcopters that can fly through windows without running into them.

Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity
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Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity

As artificial intelligence technologies increasingly are deployed to meet industrial and personal needs, the field will need to address its lack of ethnic and gender...

This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats
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This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats

Researchers from the University of Tokyo's JSK Lab say they have developed a more efficient way to cool humanoid robots.

Fujitsu Memory Tech Speeds Up Deep-Learning AI
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Fujitsu Memory Tech Speeds Up Deep-Learning AI

Japan-based Fujitsu has developed an approach to accelerating parallel computing driven by deep-learning neural network algorithms.

Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade
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Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade

Google has launched a Google Translate upgrade utilizing enhanced deep-learning techniques to produce more accurate translations.

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors
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The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

Transistors, the electronic amplifiers and switches found at the heart of everything from pocket radios to warehouse-size supercomputers, were invented in 1947.

Goat Robot Leg Demonstrates Explosive Jumping
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Goat Robot Leg Demonstrates Explosive Jumping

Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Kalouche is developing a new design for legs that would enable a robot to navigate the terrain a goat typically traverses.

Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms
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Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms

Several labs from European and Israeli universities have together built a robot 0ctopus.

How the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Inched Toward the Exascale
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How the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Inched Toward the Exascale

China's Sunway TaihuLight in June topped the Top500 list as the world's most powerful supercomputer.

Durus Brings Human-Like Gait (and Fancy Shoes) to Hyper-Efficient Robots
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Durus Brings Human-Like Gait (and Fancy Shoes) to Hyper-Efficient Robots

SRI International's DURUS robot can now walk like a human while wearing normal shoes.

How to Build a Moral Robot
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How to Build a Moral Robot

With robots expected to play an increasingly critical role in making judgment calls where human lives are at stake, it is imperative to model moral reasoning in...

Google's Eric Schmidt Says AI Will Make Him Smarter, Cooler
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Google's Eric Schmidt Says AI Will Make Him Smarter, Cooler

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt says the next major trend in the technology industry will be artificial intelligence. 

Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain
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Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain

Researchers  are developing an "artificial robot nervous system to teach robots how to feel pain" and quickly react in order to avoid potential damage. 

This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans
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This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans

The Watch-bot robot can independently learn a user's household activity patterns to provide helpful reminders. 

Autonomous Mini Rally Car Teaches Itself to Powerslide
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Autonomous Mini Rally Car Teaches Itself to Powerslide

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing control algorithms that enable small-scale autonomous cars to race around dirt tracks at high...

Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
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Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...

Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Researchers have developed a "myoelectric" haptic system designed to work with a prosthetic hand. 
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