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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
From ACM TechNews

This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light

A new robotic skeleton is embedded with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent LEDs, and is covered by a squishy skin of reflective silicone that keeps the device's own...

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
From ACM News

The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
From ACM TechNews

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet
From ACM News

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

The computing power required for AI landmarks, such as recognizing images and defeating humans at Go, increased 300,000-fold from 2012 to 2018.

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets
From ACM News

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos
From ACM News

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

Doug Engelbart didn't just want to show off new technology. He wanted to demonstrate a system for improving humanity.

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?
From ACM News

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

A new paper concludes that it takes more than four times as much energy to mine $1 of bitcoin as mining $1 of copper.

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups
From ACM TechNews

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Israeli cybersecurity firms Check Point and Intezer have charted Russian hackers' toolkits from wide-ranging analysis of 2,500 malware samples.

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking
From ACM TechNews

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Google researchers discovered thousands of iPhones have been compromised with sophisticated spyware over the last two years, contradicting assumptions about the...

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code
From ACM News

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

For the past four years, Facebook has quietly used a homegrown tool called Zoncolan to find bugs in its massive codebase.

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam
From ACM TechNews

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the Zoom videoconferencing desktop app to commandeer a user's Webcam, a security researcher warns.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
From ACM News

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos
From ACM TechNews

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are concerned that 5G wireless phones could interfere with weather forecasts.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable
From ACM News

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Google says the fiber optic cable it's building across the Atlantic Ocean will be the fastest of its kind.

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records--They Write Code
From ACM TechNews

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records--They Write Code

Artists in the underground electronic music culture are performing live-coding shows or "algoraves," in which they program software algorithms to create new forms...

The ­ncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
From ACM Opinion

The ­ncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
From ACM News

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source
From ACM TechNews

NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The U.S. National Security Agency has chosen to open source the cybersecurity tool Ghidra, a reverse-engineering platform that takes "compiled" software and "decompiles"...

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe
From ACM News

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away
From ACM News

How I Became a Robot in London, From 5,000 Miles Away

I am but a babe, exploring the world for the first time. Wearing a computerized glove, I reach forward in pursuit of a little toy basketball.
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