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Your Wish Is My CMD
From Communications of the ACM

Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
From ACM News

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem
From ACM TechNews

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem

The assumption that the cost of training computers is declining with the doubling of computing power every two years does not always hold true.

For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad
From ACM TechNews

For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad

A new high-tech vending machine can dispense a salad into a compostable bowl and keep ingredients at constant, food-safe temperatures.

Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer
From ACM TechNews

Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer

Researchers have developed a method to transfer bits across a silicon chip up to five times more efficiently than standard setups.

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS
From ACM News

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services networks were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack just as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up.

The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Computer scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have created the first intuitive high-level quantum programming language.

Quantum Backbone
From ACM News

Quantum Backbone

An Oak Ridge early-career award recipient plots the infrastructure for a quantum-information highway.

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots
From ACM TechNews

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots

Thousands of votes in Georgia's primary may not have been counted, due to faulty software or poorly calibrated scanners used to count mailed ballots.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
From ACM TechNews

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak
From ACM News

Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak

The breach came nearly three years after Edward Snowden stole and disclosed classified information about NSA surveillance operations.

Next-Generation Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is Small, but Mighty
From ACM TechNews

Next-Generation Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is Small, but Mighty

The researchers say the new robot is one of the smallest and most dexterous robots created to date.

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner
From ACM TechNews

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner

U.K. cybersecurity firm Sophos is advising MSSQL database owners to fortify their servers against botnet-orchestrated brute-force attacks.

In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You
From ACM TechNews

In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You

Two Russian companies have partnered on an advanced autonomous driving system for agricultural vehicles.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Silq is a High-level Programming Language for Quantum Computers
From ACM News

Silq is a High-level Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Silq is a research project that does not yet run on any of the existing quantum hardware platforms.

Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew
From ACM TechNews

Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew

A multi-institutional and international collaboration has yielded autonomous robots that use ultraviolet lamps to kill powdery mildew on crops.

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest
From ACM TechNews

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest

Researchers have developed an electronic nose system to sniff out the ripest peaches for harvest.

Java Beats Python to Remain the Most Popular Programming Language Around
From ACM TechNews

Java Beats Python to Remain the Most Popular Programming Language Around

Java, JavaScript, and Python are the three most popular programming languages in use among developers.

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
From ACM TechNews

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.
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