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Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
From Communications of the ACM

When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Information Is Physics
From Communications of the ACM

Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

Holding Algorithms Accountable
From ACM News

Holding Algorithms Accountable

How can we battle algorithmic bias?

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach
From ACM TechNews

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
From ACM News

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
From ACM TechNews

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans
From ACM TechNews

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as...

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat
From ACM TechNews

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone...

UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs
From ACM TechNews

UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs

Researchers found many popular smart-light brands have security holes and could be prime targets for hackers. 

Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award
From ACM News

Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award

Fox was recognized for "foundational contributions to parallel computing methodology, algorithms and software, data analysis, and their interface with broad classes...

A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'

Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs
From ACM TechNews

Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs

Oil and gas companies are investing in artificial intelligence to help automate operations, anticipate equipment malfunctions, boost fossil fuel production, and...

Kirigami Sensor Patch for Shoulders Could Improve Injury Recovery, Athletic Training
From ACM TechNews

Kirigami Sensor Patch for Shoulders Could Improve Injury Recovery, Athletic Training

University of Michigan researchers have designed a sensor-equipped shoulder patch that measures one's functional range of motion. 

Almost Two-Thirds of Workers Say They Would Trust a Robot Over Their Manager
From ACM TechNews

Almost Two-Thirds of Workers Say They Would Trust a Robot Over Their Manager

As many as 64% of workers would trust a robot over their manager, according to a new study, while more than 50% say they have already turned to a robot for advice...

Driving Hate from The Internet: Noble or Futile?
From ACM News

Driving Hate from The Internet: Noble or Futile?

Cracking down on those who post violent manifestos and other hateful content.

Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices

A new artificial skin-like interface can be used to augment devices like phones, wearables, and computers. 

This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply
From ACM News

This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow.

The Lines of Code That Changed Everything
From ACM News

The Lines of Code That Changed Everything

Apollo 11, the JPEG, the first pop-up ad, and 33 other bits of software that have transformed our world.
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