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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.


Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?
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Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?

Nations consider using defense systems that can make their own lethal decisions.

Battling Algorithmic Bias
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Battling Algorithmic Bias

How do we ensure algorithms treat us fairly?

Legal Advice on the Smartphone
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Legal Advice on the Smartphone

New apps help individuals contest traffic, parking tickets.

Avoiding the Crush
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Avoiding the Crush

Using algorithms to anticipate crowd behavior.

Coding as Sport
From Communications of the ACM

Coding as Sport

Programming competitions help identify and reward those who excel in coding.

Search Engine's Author Profiles Now Driven By Influence Metrics
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Search Engine's Author Profiles Now Driven By Influence Metrics

"It’s important to be selective," says CEO Etzioni.

Did You Really Write That?
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Did You Really Write That?

Online software is helping to thwart plagiarism.

Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled
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Existing Technologies Can Assist the Disabled

Researchers consider how to adapt broadly available technology products for those battling physical impairments.

Advertising via Algorithm
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Advertising via Algorithm

Global programmatic advertising is projected to account for 60% of all digital display ads this year.

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs
From Communications of the ACM

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs

Whether sitting in front of a screen or in a classroom, online and campus-based institutions want to verify students actually attend classes, take exams.

Court Reaffirms Ftc Authority to Prosecute Cybersecurity Breaches
From ACM News

Court Reaffirms Ftc Authority to Prosecute Cybersecurity Breaches

The ruling underscores corporate responsibility to protect consumer data.

Cyber Policies on the Rise
From Communications of the ACM

Cyber Policies on the Rise

A growing number of companies are taking out cybersecurity insurance policies to protect themselves from the costs of data breaches.

AI Researchers Call For Ban on Autonomous Weapons
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AI Researchers Call For Ban on Autonomous Weapons

Technologists ask the UN to outlaw weapons that operate outside of human control.

The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars
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The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars

Autonomous vehicles will need to decide on a course of action when presented with multiple less-than-ideal outcomes.

Smart Home Technologies Fit New Homes and Retrofits
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Smart Home Technologies Fit New Homes and Retrofits

Most home builders now offer smart technology options for new homes, but the aftermarket holds great promise, and greater affordability as well.

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism
From Communications of the ACM

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism

News organizations increasingly use techniques like data mining, Web scraping, and data visualization to uncover information that would be impossible to identify...

Automating Organic Synthesis
From Communications of the ACM

Automating Organic Synthesis

A machine that could create organic molecules on demand awaits appropriate software and analytical components.

Using Technology to Help People
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Using Technology to Help People

Companies are creating technological solutions for individuals, then generalizing them to broader populations that need similar assistance.

Sensors For Seniors
From Communications of the ACM

Sensors For Seniors

In-home technologies are helping seniors stay aware, healthy, and in touch.

Electronics in the Operating Room
From ACM News

Electronics in the Operating Room

Electronic devices increasingly are being incorporated into surgical procedures on a functional level.
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