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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.


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.

Eavesdropping on the Brain
From ACM News

Eavesdropping on the Brain

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

CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer
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CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

Carnegie Mellon University's Zachary Ulissi will be among the first scientists to use the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Perlmutter...

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?
From ACM TechNews

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

Who Owns Your Face?
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Who Owns Your Face?

Today's facial recognition tools raise new questions about how, where, and when data can be used.

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol
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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after...

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors
From Communications of the ACM

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors

Many computer scientists doubted ad hoc methods would ever give way to a more general approach to finding nearest neighbors. They were wrong.

Protecting the 2020 Census
From Communications of the ACM

Protecting the 2020 Census

A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 U.S. Census from database reconstruction attacks.

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

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.

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments
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HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside Hardware Security Modules .
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