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The Best of NLP
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The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores
From ACM News

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores

The U.S. Defense Department agency has been sponsoring underground circuit competitions for robotic hardware systems for the last three years.

ML Models for Diagnosing Covid-19 Not Yet Suitable for Clinical Use
From ACM TechNews

ML Models for Diagnosing Covid-19 Not Yet Suitable for Clinical Use

Studies describing machine learning models for diagnosing Covid-19 are not yet suitable for detecting or diagnosing the virus from standard medical imaging.

A Quantum Trick with Photons Gives ML a Speed Boost
From ACM TechNews

A Quantum Trick with Photons Gives ML a Speed Boost

Researchers at Austria's University of Vienna have accelerated machine learning using a quantum trick involving photons.

High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed
From ACM TechNews

High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed

Positive Technologies' Alexander Popov detected five high-severity security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel's virtual socket implementation.

How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes
From ACM TechNews

How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes

A new tool can automatically identify deepfake photos of people by analyzing light reflections in their eyes for minute deviations.

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds
From ACM TechNews

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds

Double-masking yields limited benefits compared to a single well-fitted disposable mask, according to an analysis conducted with a Japanese supercomputer.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
From ACM TechNews

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer
From ACM TechNews

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer

Israel's Innovation Authority and Defense Ministry have committed $60 million to building the country's first quantum computer.

Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer
From ACM News

Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer

Majorana particles would make perfect qubits to build a large quantum computer, but their creation and detection in 2018 was probably no more than overinterpreted...

Furious AI Researcher Creates a List of Non-reproducible Machine Learning Papers
From ACM News

Furious AI Researcher Creates a List of Non-reproducible Machine Learning Papers

The Papers Without Code website aims to create a centralized list of machine learning papers that are not implementable.

Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops
From ACM TechNews

Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops

Dutch farmers are adopting palm-sized drones to protect their crops against moths.

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'
From ACM News

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'

Microsoft's 2018 paper claimed to have observed evidence supporting Majorana particles' existence.

Synthetic Data: Even Better than the Real Thing?
From ACM News

Synthetic Data: Even Better than the Real Thing?

Societal issues and new tools are driving synthetic data uptake. How does it stack up against its real-life counterpart?

 Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection
From ACM News

Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection

After the 2011 earthquake, local governments have partnered with companies and researchers to improve residents' lives

Honda Launches Advanced Self-Driving Cars in Japan
From ACM TechNews

Honda Launches Advanced Self-Driving Cars in Japan

Japanese automaker Honda has launched a limited roll-out of its new Legend, which it calls the most advanced driverless vehicle licensed for the road, in Japan....

Ghana Using Drones to Deliver Coronavirus Vaccines to Rural Communities
From ACM TechNews

Ghana Using Drones to Deliver Coronavirus Vaccines to Rural Communities

San Francisco-based startup Zipline is delivering coronavirus vaccines to rural communities in Ghana via autonomous drones.

Meet the Israeli Robot That 'Hears' Through Dead Locust's Ear
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Israeli Robot That 'Hears' Through Dead Locust's Ear

Researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) have connected a dead locust's auditory organ to a robot, which responds to the sounds it picks up.

Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All
From ACM TechNews

Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All

A new report found that the hardest and perhaps most promising work of deep learning may lie in the realm of robotics,
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