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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

Formalizing Fairness
From Communications of the ACM

Formalizing Fairness

Algorithmic fairness aims to remedy issues stemming from algorithmic bias.

Crossing the Uncanny Valley
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Crossing the Uncanny Valley

The "uncanny valley effect" may be holding back the field of robotics.

Neurotechnology and the Law
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Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD
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Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a computer game to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

The Avatars Wear Prada
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The Avatars Wear Prada

And Balenciaga and Thom Browne. Meta opens a new fashion store for the metaverse. Should you shop?

Using Makeup to Block Surveillance
From Communications of the ACM

Using Makeup to Block Surveillance

Altering one's facial features with a special type of makeup can keep them from being recognized by artificial intelligence.

Tech Giants Start Getting Real on AR
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Tech Giants Start Getting Real on AR

Big technology companies are scaling back their plans for augmented reality (AR) devices.

Always Improving Performance
From Communications of the ACM

Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning
From Communications of the ACM

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning

Kernel methods clarify why neural networks generalize so well.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
From Communications of the ACM

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Researchers have developed the AirRacket, a virtual reality controller that emits bursts of compressed air to simulate a ball's impact in racket sports.

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers
From ACM TechNews

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.  

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past
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V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
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Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations
From Communications of the ACM

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations

Physics-informed machine learning is gaining attention, but suffers from training issues.
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