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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support
From ACM TechNews

Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support

A team of researchers demonstrated that non-invasive respiratory support is more likely to be successful if it relies on significantly reducing patients' efforts...

Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms
From ACM TechNews

Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms

Researchers at the University of Georgia developed an algorithm for assessing a tract of land's conservation value by factoring in variables excluded from other...

Raising Robovoices
From Communications of the ACM

Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health
From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
From ACM TechNews

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.

These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022
From ACM News

These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022

Unlike sectors such as hospitality, the cloud computing industry continued to grow in 2020 and onwards. But it's not stopping there.

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel
From ACM TechNews

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data
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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have helped to de-noise synchrotron x-ray experiments computationally.

Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There
From ACM TechNews

Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There

Proponents of artificial intelligence believe it can be used to predict, and help to prevent, dangerous driving behaviors.

'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside
From ACM TechNews

'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside

A team of researchers three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a prototype Tamper-Evident Container designed to record attempts to break into it.

Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms
From ACM News

Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms

The Ninth Circuit's decision is a major win for archivists, academics, researchers, and journalists who use tools to collect, or scrape, information that is publicly...

AF2Complex: Researchers Leverage Deep Learning to Predict Physical Interactions of Protein Complexes
From ACM TechNews

AF2Complex: Researchers Leverage Deep Learning to Predict Physical Interactions of Protein Complexes

Researchers built a deep learning model to predict the biologically active structure of proteins and protein complexes.

Feel the Attraction of Zwitterionic Janus Particles
From ACM TechNews

Feel the Attraction of Zwitterionic Janus Particles

Researchers have simulated the electrostatic self-configuration of zwitterionic Janus nanoparticles.

Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets
From ACM News

Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets

Even the smallest window of opportunity for snooping cab pose a threat to the intellectual property and privacy of neural architectures.

Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed
From ACM TechNews

Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed

Researchers at New York-based cybersecurity startup Cynerio identified five zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Aethon TUG smart autonomous robots used in hospitals...

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
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A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI's GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future...

Bot Can Spot Depressed Twitter Users in 9 of 10 Cases
From ACM TechNews

Bot Can Spot Depressed Twitter Users in 9 of 10 Cases

A new algorithm can ascertain a person's mental state by extracting and analyzing 38 data points from their public Twitter profile.

7-Foot-Tall Robots Watch for Unmasked Travelers, Curbside Loiterers
From ACM TechNews

7-Foot-Tall Robots Watch for Unmasked Travelers, Curbside Loiterers

Two seven-foot-tall robots have been deployed at Dallas Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX, to assist and monitor passengers.

Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha
From ACM TechNews

Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha

Authorities in Ukraine have deployed technology as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged war crimes by Russian forces in the town of Bucha.
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