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The Outlook for Crypto
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The Outlook for Crypto

Can cryptocurrencies cut their environmental impact?

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology
From ACM News

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology

The goal of the $20-million smart intersections project is to have intersections communicate with the technology in cars to warn drivers of potential dangers that...

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that General Motors' Cruise autonomous robotaxis can brake too quickly or stop moving...

Electric Vehicle Charging Investment Approaches the $100-Billion Mark
From ACM News

Electric Vehicle Charging Investment Approaches the $100-Billion Mark

The amount of money deployed indicates an ability to address systemic industry challenges and opens up access to low-cost capital.

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows
From ACM News

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows

Beijing typically "retaliates fully plus 10 percent," but this time it doesn't seem to have many punitive options.

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
From ACM TechNews

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Happy Birthday to the Transistor
From ACM News

Happy Birthday to the Transistor

The final part of a podcast series on the transistor.

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
From ACM TechNews

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
From ACM TechNews

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans
From ACM TechNews

Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans

Siemens has been working with clothing companies on efforts to automate apparel manufacturing.

Reconfiguring It Out
From ACM News

Reconfiguring It Out

A researcher plumbs reconfigurable quantum circuits for high-performance computers and cellphones.

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
From ACM News

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer
From ACM News

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer

Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
From ACM TechNews

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon
From ACM News

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon

The company, Ispace, is carrying a rover from the United Arab Emirates, a Japanese robot, and other cargo in its bid to possibly be the first commercial lander...

These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode
From ACM News

These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode

AI trained on reams of geological data can indicate where to dig in search of metals crucial to electric cars and other green technology.

AMD Bets Its Future On Moore's Law
From ACM News

AMD Bets Its Future On Moore's Law

The company says Moore's Law still has a good 6-8 years of life, thanks to next-generation transistor technologies.

Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI
From ACM TechNews

Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI

Researchers manipulated silver atoms into a lattice configuration via deep reinforcement learning, a critical advance for nanodevice construction.

LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars
From ACM TechNews

LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars

Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center have developed a LiDAR technique to improve the safety of robotic vehicle landings during future Mars or lunar missions...
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