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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Many databases of facial images are compiled by companies and researchers without the knowledge or consent of the owners of those faces.

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

The AI Technique that Could Imbue Machines with the Ability to Reason
From ACM TechNews

The AI Technique that Could Imbue Machines with the Ability to Reason

Yann LeCun suggested during a recent ACM webinar that unsupervised learning could help deep learning algorithms provide computers with human-like reasoning skills...

Researchers Build Transistor-Like Gate for Quantum Information Processing - with Qudits
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Build Transistor-Like Gate for Quantum Information Processing - with Qudits

Purdue ­niversity researchers used qudits to develop what could be a quantum version of a transistor, known as a gate.

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
From ACM TechNews

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students
From ACM TechNews

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students

Experts are concerned that digital data stored on vendor servers could later harm students who make mistakes on social media, or with widely used classroom apps...

Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"
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Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have extended the concept of adversarial images to robot grasping, using physical objects designed to be...

Idaho Teacher ­ses Computer Video Games to Teach Science
From ACM TechNews

Idaho Teacher ­ses Computer Video Games to Teach Science

Ninth graders in Lewiston, ID, are being taught about earth science through the use of interdisciplinary video games developed by Polymorphic Games, an evolutionary...

Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria
From ACM News

Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria

A review of 33 projects involving large companies and interviews with more than a dozen executives show that blockchain technology has yet to deliver on its promise...

The Fantastic Seven
From ACM News

The Fantastic Seven

Technion awarded honorary doctorates to seven distinguished men and women, including past ACM president Stuart I. Feldman.

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
From ACM TechNews

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.

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.

Recognizing Kidney Injury Due to Burns Is Improved by AI
From ACM TechNews

Recognizing Kidney Injury Due to Burns Is Improved by AI

A new artificial intelligence/machine learning model can predict burn-related acute kidney injury quicker and more accurately than ever.

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again
From ACM News

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Should the U.S. admit more, or fewer, foreign technology workers?

Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software
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Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software

The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'
From ACM News

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor of the era of Internet optimism. He rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism's financial crisis...

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator...

AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience

Researchers are using deep internal learning, in which a machine learning algorithm ascertains the internal structure of a single image from scratch, to edit photos...

Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.
From ACM TechNews

Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

The Atlantic League was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire, at its recent All-Star Game.
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