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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.


Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

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

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

The Edge of Computational Photography
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The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

Technologizing Agriculture
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Technologizing Agriculture

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
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Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

3D-Printing Human Body Parts
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3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

Bionics in Competition
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Bionics in Competition

Developers of innovative assistive devices compete as a means of networking with each other.

It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data
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It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data

In risk assessment and predictive policing, biased data can yield biased results.

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.

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.

Technology Brings Online Education in Line with Campus Programs
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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.

Cyber Policies on the Rise
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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.

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.

Putting the Data Science Into Journalism
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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...

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
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Sensors For Seniors

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

Surgical Robots Deliver Care More Precisely
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Surgical Robots Deliver Care More Precisely

Computer-controlled robotic surgical systems and tumor-targeting radiation systems provide a greater level of precision in treatment than doctors alone can provide...

Technology Confounds the Courts
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Technology Confounds the Courts

Despite the need to make decisions relevant to technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court is not the most techno-savvy group.
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