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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

The U.S. construction industry aims to restore its workforce by attracting younger replacements who grew up playing PC games.

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
From ACM News

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

As Office Tenants Expect More Tech, Even the Windows Get Smart
From ACM TechNews

As Office Tenants Expect More Tech, Even the Windows Get Smart

Demand for new technologies from office developers and tenants is fueling competition between suppliers.

In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe
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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe

On the evening of March 19, the mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck gathered with revelers at the Institute for Advanced Study for a champagne reception.

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They're Not On (Yet)
From ACM TechNews

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They're Not On (Yet)

U.S.-based airlines have been asked to respond to reports of cameras installed in airplane seat backs.

AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)
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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

Researchers have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

Something on Mars Is Producing Gas Usually Made by Living Things on Earth
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Something on Mars Is Producing Gas Usually Made by Living Things on Earth

Methane gas periodically wafts into the atmosphere of Mars; that notion, once considered implausible and perplexing, is now widely accepted by planetary scientists...

He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'
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He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'

Yoshua Bengio, a co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, is concerned about artificial intelligence being weaponized.

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care
From ACM TechNews

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care

A recently published study warns that new artificial intelligence technology designed to enhance healthcare is vulnerable to misuse.

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
From ACM News

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer
From ACM TechNews

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has disclosed the details of its newest $500-million supercomputer.

Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels
From ACM TechNews

Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels

Concern that cars could be hacked by criminals, terrorists, or even rogue governments has prompted a new era of security efforts within the auto industry.

Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is Reminder of Internet's Fragility
From ACM TechNews

Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is Reminder of Internet's Fragility

Facebook said it has corrected a technical error that caused a nearly 24-hour-long service interruption for Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and other Facebook properties...

Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top Universities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans
From ACM News

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data...

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI
From ACM TechNews

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, is working with Google artificial intelligence scientists to automate the identification of diabetic retinopathy.

Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86
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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces
From ACM TechNews

China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces

Chinese technology companies are developing advanced systems to make certain the country's pigs are in good health.

The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here
From ACM TechNews

The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here

Top auto shows are increasingly incorporating technology, along with hands-on experiences like driving simulators and virtual reality demos.

AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant
From ACM TechNews

AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant

Researchers in the U.S. and China have developed a system that uses artificial intelligence to automatically diagnose common childhood conditions.
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