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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test
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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test

Software firms are strengthening their algorithms as the coronavirus outbreak stresses food supply chains.

Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World

A new machine learning algorithm can recognize new fashions, then use images of  them to seek similar styles styles in a global database of geotagged images.

Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm
From ACM TechNews

Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm

A new computer model can screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, such as arrhythmia.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
From ACM News

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raspberry Pi-Powered Ventilator to Be Tested in Colombia
From ACM TechNews

Raspberry Pi-Powered Ventilator to Be Tested in Colombia

A robotics engineer with no prior experience developed and posted online plans for a ventilator made from a Raspberry Pi computer and easy-to-source parts.

Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?
From ACM News

Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?

Sophisticated tech used to gather and analyze information may be able to improve returns, but the data isn't showing it.

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
From ACM News

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

Coronavirus Forces Silicon Valley to Reset its Moral Compass
From ACM News

Coronavirus Forces Silicon Valley to Reset its Moral Compass

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up a missionary zeal throughout Silicon Valley.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

These Fold-Up Robots Fly Just Like Ladybugs
From ACM TechNews

These Fold-Up Robots Fly Just Like Ladybugs

Researchers in South Korea have built remote-controlled robots inspired by ladybugs, with wings that snap open, lock, and fold up like origami upon landing.

NASA Using Red and Blue 3D Glasses to Drive Mars Rover While Working From Home
From ACM TechNews

NASA Using Red and Blue 3D Glasses to Drive Mars Rover While Working From Home

Planners are remotely piloting the Curiosity rover on Mars while working from home.

With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers
From ACM TechNews

With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers

The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular video games to conduct lessons on a range of topics.

ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences
From ACM TechNews

ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences

A new report from ACM outlines best practices for replacing live science and technology conferences with virtual ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Algorithms of August
From ACM News

The Algorithms of August

The AI arms race won't be like previous competitions, and both the U.S. and China could be left in the dust.

Critical 'Starbleed' Vulnerability in FPGA Chips Identified
From ACM TechNews

Critical 'Starbleed' Vulnerability in FPGA Chips Identified

Scientists have discovered a vulnerability in field-programmable gate array chips.

Low-Cost Imaging System Poised to Provide Automatic Mosquito Tracking
From ACM TechNews

Low-Cost Imaging System Poised to Provide Automatic Mosquito Tracking

Johns Hopkins University researchers have developed a low-cost imaging system to automatically track mosquitoes that carry disease.

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations
From ACM TechNews

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations

Academics have developed a technique for stealing data from air-gapped systems by manipulating the vibrations of the fans inside computers.

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy
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How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy

Governments worldwide are using digital surveillance technologies to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about the erosion of privacy...

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation
From ACM TechNews

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation

Labor and robotics experts say social-distancing directives could spur more industries to automate.

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back
From ACM News

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

After months of criticism, the cryptocurrency is moving ahead with significant revisions.
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