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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face
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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born,

U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights
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U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights

The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that British police's use of facial recognition technology violates human rights and data protection laws.

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
From ACM TechNews

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps
From ACM TechNews

Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps

Researchers have found that privacy policies for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa often violate baseline requirements.

Algorithm Finds Hidden Connections Between Paintings at the Met
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Algorithm Finds Hidden Connections Between Paintings at the Met

A new algorithm finds hidden links between paintings at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Netherlands' Rijksmuseum.

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
From ACM News

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures
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Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures

Singapore law enforcement is testing two unmanned drones designed by developer Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures, by tracking gatherings and...

Using AI to Smell the Roses
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Using AI to Smell the Roses

Researchers used machine learning to help a computer understand what a chemical smells like to humans.

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges
From ACM TechNews

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges

About 50 hospitals use sensor technology to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive...

IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change
From ACM TechNews

IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change

Vodafone has joined forces with the U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and Forest Research to study the role of trees in addressing climate...

Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality
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Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality

Researchers have designed a deep learning method to help develop personalized cancer vaccines by better understanding the biological mechanisms of interaction between...

Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance
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Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used a single-photon version of LiDAR to remotely capture extremely detailed three-dimensional...

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn...

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea
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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum...

Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately

Researchers have developed a machine learning method that can facilitate the sharing of patient data without compromising privacy.

We Need to Talk About Linguistic Diversity in AI
From ACM News

We Need to Talk About Linguistic Diversity in AI

More than 7,000 languages are spoken worldwide, but speech- and text-based services that use artificial intelligence are dominated by a handful.

Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open
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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting the need for safety, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament will replace human line judges on 15 of 17 match courts...

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
From ACM TechNews

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), with the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23. BDS-3...

 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
From ACM News

GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.
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