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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.


AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster
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AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster

Researchers have demonstrated that artificial intelligence can speed up X-ray diffraction data analysis and improve accuracy in searches for new materials.

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules
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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.

Catching the Fakes
From Communications of the ACM

Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit
From Communications of the ACM

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

Amazon's palm-scanning payment system will be rolled out to a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect
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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.

Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time
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Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time

To reduce illicit use of three-dimensional printers, researchers devised a method to accurately identify each machine’s unique "fingerprint."

AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias
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Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook has made public its Casual Conversations dataset, comprised of more than 45,000 videos of 3,000 individuals of different skin tones sharing their age and...

Modeling Shows Pandemic Eviction Bans Protect Entire Communities From Covid-19 Spread
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Modeling Shows Pandemic Eviction Bans Protect Entire Communities From Covid-19 Spread

Researchers used computer modeling to determine that eviction bans during the COVID-19 pandemic lowered infection rates, shielding entire communities from the virus...

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU
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Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU

The European Commission has proposed new rules constraining the use of facial recognition and other artificial intelligence applications.

How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
From ACM TechNews

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

Reimagining Contact
From ACM News

Reimagining Contact

Covid-19, which challenges how we interact with one another, is accelerating the development of touchless technologies.

Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables
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Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables

The e-commerce giant's technology can carry out millions of assessments to grade the quality of fruits and vegetables at a cost far below any other method.

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings
From ACM TechNews

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

A machine learning model can help identify flooded buildings within 24 hours of a disaster using news media photos.

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car
From ACM TechNews

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car

Pizza chain Domino's has launched a robot car pizza delivery service to select customers in Houston's Woodland Heights neighborhood.
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