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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.


Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.

AI Is Smart, but Does It Play Well with Others?
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AI Is Smart, but Does It Play Well with Others?

Researchers explored humans' ability to play a card game with an artificial intelligence model trained to play with teammates never before encountered.

Robot Finds Lost Items
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Robot Finds Lost Items

A robotic arm can track down lost items using a camera and radio frequency antenna attached to its gripper.

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network
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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.

Study: Crowds Can Wise Up to Fake News
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Study: Crowds Can Wise Up to Fake News

Scientists suggest crowdsourced assessments from groups of normal readers can virtually match those of professional fact-checkers in vetting news stories.

Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control
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Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control

Engineers have constructed an inflatable neuroprosthetic hand that restored rudimentary sensation to an amputee's residual limb.

Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery
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Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery

Researchers have developed an approach that uses experimental chemistry and artificial intelligence to facilitate delivery of a drug to treat Duchenne muscular...

System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds
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System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds

New algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue

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.
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