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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.


Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots
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Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots

A hotel in Japan hyped as the world's first robot-staffed hotel has eliminated more than half of its robots due to mounting complaints.

In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit
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In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit

Startups are putting new innovations to work in Japan's elder-care market.

Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do
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Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do

Autonomous vehicles that transport people get lots of media coverage, but autonomous delivery could transform all of retail long before self-driving cars actually...

AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn
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AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn

Prestige Financial Services is among a growing number of lenders using artificial intelligence to digest increasing volumes of data to determine creditworthiness...

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come
From ACM TechNews

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Despite expectations by the mining industry that artificial intelligence would transform operations, some experts consider that promise overhyped and unrealistic...

The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer
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The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer

Miquela Sousa is a computer-generated character developed as a social media personality that can evolve with the times without aging.

Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs
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Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs

A new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report says U.S. adoption of automation is lagging behind that of other countries.

Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy
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Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy

A new artificial intelligence-driven voice-scanning tool can identify dubious statements seconds after their utterance, in an effort to more accurately fact-check...

The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute
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The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute

How adorable robots are may be a critical factor for their public acceptance.

Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms
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Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory's Open Agriculture Initiative has developed a self-contained indoor farm.

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever
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How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet.

The ­-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut
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The ­-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut

Six decades after the U-2 flew its first mission, the military is trying to harness artificial-intelligence technology to enhance the venerable spy plane's combat...

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door
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How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

In a competition, robots were unable to overcome the challenge of an unlocked door impeding their way at an outdoor obstacle course, illustrating the technology's...

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing
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This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on...

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario For AI Threat
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Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario For AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.

Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot
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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without...

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law
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How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

Microprocessors got smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, but as they reach their physical limitations, chip architecture is driving performance gains.

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?
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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

States Wire ­p Roads as Cars Get Smarter
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States Wire ­p Roads as Cars Get Smarter

To prepare for the day when self-driving cars will travel on technology-aided roads, U.S. state transit planners aim to outfit those roadways with fiber optics,...

Iarpa to Develop Early-Warning System For Cyberattacks
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Iarpa to Develop Early-Warning System For Cyberattacks

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched a multi-year initiative to create technologies that could provide early warning of cyberattacks...
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