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U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues
From ACM TechNews

U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues

A U.K.-funded supercomputer in Kenya is being used to simulate locust swarm migrations ravaging East Africa. 

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
From ACM TechNews

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why
From ACM TechNews

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why

GDPR has been linked to quicker cyberattack discovery times in the European Union. 

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
From ACM TechNews

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open to Eavesdropping
From ACM TechNews

Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Left Communications Open to Eavesdropping

Researchers at Slovakian Internet security company ESET discovered that billions of devices are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to...

Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula
From ACM News

Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula

Mats Jarlstrom was fined $500 for criticizing the timing of traffic lights. He sued, won, and now his formula will help traffic engineers around the world.

How to Stop an Iceberg in Its Tracks
From ACM TechNews

How to Stop an Iceberg in Its Tracks

Researchers used a small robot to generate detailed three-dimensional maps of icebergs in Greenland's Sermilik Fjord.

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags
From ACM TechNews

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags

To manage the coronavirus epidemic, China is requiring citizens to use software on their smartphones.

ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers
From ACM TechNews

ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers

Maryland officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have run facial recognition searches on millions of state driver's license photos without...

Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR
From ACM TechNews

Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR

Researchers combined virtual reality with three-dimensional motion-capture technology to help patients perform physiotherapy exercises at home.

AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs
From ACM TechNews

AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs

A Brookings Institution study predicts the next wave of artificial intelligence-driven automation will target white-collar professions like marketing specialists...

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest
From ACM News

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest

"The norms around the societal consequences statements are not yet well established," NeurIPS 2020 communications chair Michael Littman said. "We expect them to...

Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep
From ACM TechNews

Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves
From ACM TechNews

'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves

A multi-institutional collaboration has demonstrated a "surfing attack" that uses ultrasonic waves to hijack voice-recognition systems on cellphones, including...

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations

Researchers have developed new molecular virus simulations to help fight influenza.

Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think
From ACM TechNews

Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think

Researchers have determined that global datacenter energy consumption remained relatively flat across the last decade.

Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web
From ACM TechNews

Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web

Researchers have developed a system that brain neurons and artificial neurons to communicate with each other over the Internet.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
From ACM News

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.

Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint
From ACM TechNews

Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Researchers at Rutgers University and ExxonMobil have developed a robotic system that can identify potentially harmful contaminants in paint.

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Researchers at McAfee have demonstrated that adversarial machine learning can thwart autonomous driving systems.
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