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Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Your Wish Is My CMD
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Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

An Animating Spirit
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An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

Neural Net Worth
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Neural Net Worth

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun this month will receive the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made...

Code Talkers
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Code Talkers

Using voice input to write programs.

A New Movement in Seismology
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A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

Rewarded for RISC
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Rewarded for RISC

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients David Patterson and John Hennessy developed the "dangerous" idea that software should be simpler so it can be executed more quickly...

Using Functions for Easier Programming
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Using Functions for Easier Programming

Functional programming languages automate many of the details underlying specific operations.

Always Out of Balance
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Always Out of Balance

Computational theorists prove there is no easy algorithm to find Nash equilibria, so game theory will have to look in new directions.

Going Serverless
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Going Serverless

Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the...

A Block on the Old Chip
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A Block on the Old Chip

Block copolymers may help transistors shrink to tinier dimensions.

Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog
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Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog

Analog circuits consume less power per operation than CMOS technologies, and so should prove more efficient.

Lawmakers Seek to Expand Repair Options
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Lawmakers Seek to Expand Repair Options

End-users want to be able to repair their expensive electronics; manufacturers disagree.

Weaving the Web
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Weaving the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a paradigm shift that changed the world with his invention of the World Wide Web, Hypertext Transport Protocol, and Hypertext Markup...

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech
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Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

More work is needed to make synthesized speech more natural, easier to understand, and more pleasant to hear.

Graph Matching in Theory and Practice
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Graph Matching in Theory and Practice

A theoretical breakthrough in graph isomorphism excites complexity experts, but will it lead to any practical improvements?
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