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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.


The Future of Robot Nannies
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The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt
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Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes, but it's hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.

OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker
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OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker

Plus: The early days of programming, an existential investigation, and bipartisanship before our very eyes.

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too
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Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space.

How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients
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How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.

Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy
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Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy

Money is pouring into autonomous trucking startups, just as many are souring on the short-term prospects for self-driving cars.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw
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Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw

The covert channel bug is harmless, but it demonstrates that even new CPUs have mistakes in them.

As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop
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As Chips Shrink, Rowhammer Attacks Get Harder to Stop

A full fix for the "Half-Double" technique will require rethinking how memory semiconductors are designed.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer
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This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Medtronic's GI Genius, recently cleared by the FDA, will help doctors identify precancerous polyps.

Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First
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Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

The semiconductor giant announced plans to open its factories to others, but it will send some of its most advanced designs to be made in Taiwan.

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy
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Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy

Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world's biggest tech companies, they're on the verge of changing...

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light
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After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon.
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