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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.


How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement
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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

A new software program uses a matching algorithm to allocate refugees with no ties to the U.S. to their new homes.

How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language
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How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

Ohio State University researchers investigating the challenge of ambiguous language for computers used an online game to clarify work in the field of natural language...

A Game-Changing AI Tool for Tracking Animal Movements
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A Game-Changing AI Tool for Tracking Animal Movements

In a video, a rodent reaches out and grabs a morsel of food, while small, colored dots highlight the positions of its knuckles.

AI Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives
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AI Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

The In Codice Ratio project uses artificial intelligence and optical character recognition software to mine the Vatican Secret Archives and make its documents available...

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps
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The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

What is the price of anarchy?

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper
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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed...

The Coming Software Apocalypse
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The Coming Software Apocalypse

There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service.

Facebook's New 'ai Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World
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Facebook's New 'ai Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World

Take a video of a birthday cake's candles sparkling in an Instagram story, then tap the sticker button. Near the top of the list you'll see a slice of birthday...

Inside Waymo's Secret World For Training Self-Driving Cars
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Inside Waymo's Secret World For Training Self-Driving Cars

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With Youtube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With Youtube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Beyond the Five Senses
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Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language
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An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots' conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.

If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think?
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If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think?

Imagine someone told you to draw a pig and a truck.

A Brief History of Seti@home
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A Brief History of Seti@home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world...

Don't Use the Force, Luke, Use the Targeting Computer
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Don't Use the Force, Luke, Use the Targeting Computer

Remember when Luke's running the trench in the Death Star, and he's about to fire his fateful shot, and at the last minute he decides to turn off the targeting...

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too
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The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing...

Who Owns Your Face?
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Who Owns Your Face?

It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus
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Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally...

Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News
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Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News

Stanford University professor Tom Mullaney believes computers make Chinese far more advantageous than typing English via a QWERTY keyboard.

The Many Ways to Map the Brain
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The Many Ways to Map the Brain

Brain mapping has come a long way since the days of Korbinian Brodmann.
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