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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big
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China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

Some of the world's biggest casino operators in the Chinese territory of Macao are using technology to identify which of their customers are likely to lose the...

Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins
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Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins

A new astronomy algorithm can help identify stars around which planets may revolve.

Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning
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Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

New techniques can "vaccinate" algorithms against adversarial attacks.

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning
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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.

Eavesdropping on the Brain
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Eavesdropping on the Brain

Putting sound to thought, to hear what the brain is 'hearing.'

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses
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MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that could give robots the ability to link multiple senses....

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI
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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical...

The Edge of Computational Photography
From Communications of the ACM

The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets
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Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.

Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient
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Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient

New open source software simplifies environmental DNA research by allowing scientists to quickly recognize a broad spectrum of species.

How Computation is Changing Journalism
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How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos has helped to make journalism is increasingly computational. 

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego
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­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego

Uber will start delivering food with drones in San Diego this summer, aiming to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense urban environment where...

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative
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Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford University researchers are designing voice-operated virtual assistants that give users more control over personal information.

From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray
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From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray

Art historians are starting to utilize machine learning to provide empirical support for theories previously limited to the subjective eye of the beholders.

AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection
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AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection

A new artificial intelligence system can detect unidentified or underidentified structural damage in major infrastructure such as nuclear reactors, skyscrapers,...

The Chatbots are Coming!
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The Chatbots are Coming!

Advances in chatbots are changing the way we interact with computing devices.

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car
From ACM TechNews

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car

The training of a single artificial intelligence program can require as much as 284 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about five times the lifetime emissions...

Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think
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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed.

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The ­pdated ACM Code of Ethics
From ACM TechNews

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The ­pdated ACM Code of Ethics

Ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence developers, said Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.
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