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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.


Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing
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Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing

A technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology removes common errors in the operation of a two-quantum bit (qubit).

Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale
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Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale

Researchers have designed a model for generating digital twins—precise computer simulations—at scale.

AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation
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AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation

The Reconnaissance of Influence Operations program was developed to identify disinformation narratives and the individuals spreading them via social media.

Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber
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Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber

Engineering researchers collaborated on the design of the first programmable digital fiber.

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items
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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.

Does Correcting Online Falsehoods Make Matters Worse?
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Does Correcting Online Falsehoods Make Matters Worse?

A Twitter field experiment found that after corrections to tweeted misinformation, there was an increase in retweeting lower-quality and more partisan news.

Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
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Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done

A new algorithm aims to foster cooperation between information-gathering robot teams.

System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically
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System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically

A system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology automatically cleans "dirty data."

One-Stop Machine Learning Platform Turns Healthcare Data Into Insights
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One-Stop Machine Learning Platform Turns Healthcare Data Into Insights

Software developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology uses machine learning to transform healthcare data into insights that can inform...

Robot Senses Hidden Objects
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Robot Senses Hidden Objects

A new robot can locate and grasp hidden objects using radio waves in combination with traditional computer vision.

System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered
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System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system to detect and reduce errors when patients administer their own medication.

A Better Kind of Cybersecurity Strategy
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A Better Kind of Cybersecurity Strategy

Researchers contend Russia's use of North Korean IP addresses for a 2018 cyberattack underscored the need for a new cybersecurity strategy involving selective retaliation...

To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language
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To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University neuroscientists have found that reading computer code activates different brain regions than reading...

Making Data-Informed Covid-19 Testing Plans
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Making Data-Informed Covid-19 Testing Plans

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a Web-based Covid-19 testing impact calculator.

An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips
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An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips

Researchers have developed and built a silicon-based LED that can be integrated directly onto a computer chip.

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems
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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.

A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted
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A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted

Researchers have enabled a neural network to rapidly process data, yielding both predictions and confidence levels based on the quality of the available data.

AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs
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AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs

A new artificial intelligence model between asymptomatic people infected with Covid-19 and healthy individuals via forced-cough recordings.

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride
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Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.

Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments
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Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments

A platform developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can quantify security risks for companies without requiring them to disclose sensitive...
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