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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.


This Artist Is Using AI to Paint With His Mind
From ACM TechNews

This Artist Is Using AI to Paint With His Mind

Roboticist Alexander Reben uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender
From ACM TechNews

Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender

The Cyberdog wine bar in Prague, Czech Republic, is equipped with a robot bartender that serves drinks ordered via a smartphone app.

China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are Using Drones to Save It.
From ACM TechNews

China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are Using Drones to Save It.

China is deploying drones to scan portions of the Great Wall reportedly too hazardous to cross, compiling information to support its rehabilitation.

The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government
From ACM TechNews

The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government

White House officials has been meeting with technology giants to try to persuade them to allow their employees to take leaves of absence to help modernize government...

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
From ACM Opinion

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up
From ACM Careers

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our Utilities
From ACM News

We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our Utilities

It's time we come up with a strategy to defend our nation from potentially crippling cyberattacks that would put states at the forefront of the fight.

This App Knows When You've Been in an Accident—and Then It Calls 911 for You
From ACM TechNews

This App Knows When You've Been in an Accident—and Then It Calls 911 for You

A new mobile application accesses a smartphone's sensors to determine if the phone's owner has been in an auto accident, and can alert 911 emergency services if...

Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine
From ACM News

Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine

President Trump thinks Google's search engine is "rigged." By featuring more mainstream news outlets and relatively fewer conservative sites in the results he sees...

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It
From ACM TechNews

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

San Francisco has proposed a $1.9-billion project to build its own high-speed network, to provide Internet access to more than 100,000 residents who lack home connectivity...

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
From ACM News

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station
From ACM TechNews

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

An artificially intelligent robot was launched to the International Space Station last week to assist with scientific experiments.

How Spies Can Use Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
From ACM News

How Spies Can Use Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
From ACM Careers

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

White House Will Host AI Summit
From ACM News

White House Will Host AI Summit

The White House plans to convene  executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of...

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says
From ACM News

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says

The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to...

Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Thousands of Apps in Google Play Store May Be Illegally Tracking Children, Study Finds

An analysis of popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store has determined most may be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act...

Pentagon Kicks Off Competition for Multibillion-Dollar Cloud-Computing Contract
From ACM News

Pentagon Kicks Off Competition for Multibillion-Dollar Cloud-Computing Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense needs to upgrade its often-antiquated technology as a matter of urgent national security, and Pentagon leaders insist the program...

These Provocative Images Show Russian Trolls Sought to Inflame Debate Over Climate Change, Fracking and Dakota Pipeline
From ACM News

These Provocative Images Show Russian Trolls Sought to Inflame Debate Over Climate Change, Fracking and Dakota Pipeline

Russian trolls used Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to inflame U.S. political debate over energy policy and climate change, a finding that underscores how the Russian...

Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 
From ACM News

Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 

Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy agreement caught his eye.
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