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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.


The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

This Paralyzed Man Is ­sing a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm For the First Time in Years
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This Paralyzed Man Is ­sing a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm For the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Machine Learning Opens ­p New Ways to Help Disabled People
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Machine Learning Opens ­p New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.

The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

Chemists Are First in Line For Quantum Computing's Benefits
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Chemists Are First in Line For Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
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This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.

This App Offers Personal Recommendations While Keeping Your Data Private
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This App Offers Personal Recommendations While Keeping Your Data Private

A personalized news recommendation application collects data about the user to suggest relevant stories without sending any personal information to a remote server...

Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall
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Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

The U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is based at a restricted military base in Porton Down, not far from the ancient monument of Stonehenge in southwest...

Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter
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Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify...

New Camera Can See Around Corners
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New Camera Can See Around Corners

Researchers at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China have built a single-pixel camera that can capture images of objects even when they are not in direct view.

New Camera Can See Around Corners
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New Camera Can See Around Corners

In the last few years, single-pixel cameras have begun to revolutionize the field of imaging.

5 Big Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Among the expected advancements in artificial intelligence for 2017 is progress in applying deep reinforcement learning to real-world challenges such as automated...

Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 
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Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 

For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures.

AI Begins to Understand the 3D World
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AI Begins to Understand the 3D World

Artificial intelligence researchers are constructing systems that can visualize the three-dimensional world and take action.

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate...

China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 
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China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines
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China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines

China is gearing up to overhaul its road delivery with fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks.

World's First Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled
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World's First Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled

Neural networks are taking the world of computing by storm.
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