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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.


AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk
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AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk

A new artificial intelligence tool can perform lung cancer risk assessments without the help of a radiologist.

Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code
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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code

Researchers found that the brain's demand and language systems encode specific code properties that correlate with machine-learned representations.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing
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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing

New technique could diminish errors that hamper the performance of super-fast analog optical neural networks.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.

Using AI to Control Digital Manufacturing
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Using AI to Control Digital Manufacturing

An international team of researchers taught a machine learning system with computer vision to monitor and control three-dimensional printing in real time.

MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System
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MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

A general-purpose optimizer aims to speed development of autonomous robotic systems by using an optimization code that automatically determines how to boost performance...

Stronger Security for Smart Devices
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Stronger Security for Smart Devices

Two new security techniques block power and electromagnetic side-channel attacks targeting analog-to-digital converters in smart devices.

Hallucinating to Better Text Translation
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Hallucinating to Better Text Translation

Scientists developed the VALHALLA machine learning method to hallucinate images of written words, and using those to help translate that text into target languages...

Unpacking Black-Box Models
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Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.

Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves
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Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves

An international research team lleveraged machine learning to model how waves break, which could help improve the design of offshore structures and climate prediction...

An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills
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An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine learning method that enables robots to acquire new skills using a handful of human examples...

Fighting Discrimination in Mortgage Lending
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Fighting Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

To help combat discrimination in mortgage lending, a new process can remove bias from the data used to train machine learning models.

Injecting Fairness into ML Models
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Injecting Fairness into ML Models

Researchers have devleoped a method of incorporating fairness into machine learning models, even if they are trained on unfair data.

A Security Technique to Fool Would-Be Cyberattackers
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A Security Technique to Fool Would-Be Cyberattackers

A new technique to prevent memory timing side-channel attacks by malware exploits memory hardware common to multiple programs running on the same computer.

AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach
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AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach

An artificial intelligence model can forecast the binding configuration of two proteins.

A New Language for Quantum Computing
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A New Language for Quantum Computing

Twist is an MIT-developed programming language that can describe and verify which pieces of data are entangled to prevent bugs in a quantum program.

Generating a Realistic 3D World
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Generating a Realistic 3D World

Researchers developed the ThreeDWorld platform to simulate high-fidelity audio and visual environments.

Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery
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Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery

The deep learning GeoMol model can rapidly predict the three-dimensional shapes of drug-like molecules, which could expedite drug discovery.
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