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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.


With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers
From ACM TechNews

With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers

The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular video games to conduct lessons on a range of topics.

ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences
From ACM TechNews

ACM Reports Best Practices for Virtual Conferences

A new report from ACM outlines best practices for replacing live science and technology conferences with virtual ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Proof from 'The Book'
From Communications of the ACM

A Proof from 'The Book'

A decades-old conjecture about computational complexity is confirmed in just a few pages.

Will RISC-V Revolutionize Computing?
From Communications of the ACM

Will RISC-V Revolutionize Computing?

The open instruction set for microprocessors promises to reshape computing and introduce new, more powerful capabilities.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
From Communications of the ACM

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

The Algorithms of August
From ACM News

The Algorithms of August

The AI arms race won't be like previous competitions, and both the U.S. and China could be left in the dust.

Critical 'Starbleed' Vulnerability in FPGA Chips Identified
From ACM TechNews

Critical 'Starbleed' Vulnerability in FPGA Chips Identified

Scientists have discovered a vulnerability in field-programmable gate array chips.

Low-Cost Imaging System Poised to Provide Automatic Mosquito Tracking
From ACM TechNews

Low-Cost Imaging System Poised to Provide Automatic Mosquito Tracking

Johns Hopkins University researchers have developed a low-cost imaging system to automatically track mosquitoes that carry disease.

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations
From ACM TechNews

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations

Academics have developed a technique for stealing data from air-gapped systems by manipulating the vibrations of the fans inside computers.

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy
From ACM TechNews

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy

Governments worldwide are using digital surveillance technologies to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about the erosion of privacy...

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation
From ACM TechNews

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation

Labor and robotics experts say social-distancing directives could spur more industries to automate.

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back
From ACM News

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

After months of criticism, the cryptocurrency is moving ahead with significant revisions.

The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories
From ACM News

The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories

For pioneering computer scientist Donald Knuth, good coding is synonymous with beautiful expression.

Microsoft Research Names Recipients of Faculty Fellowships 2020
From ACM News

Microsoft Research Names Recipients of Faculty Fellowships 2020

Honoring researchers in academia at the forefront of technology.

Algorithms in the Courtroom
From ACM News

Algorithms in the Courtroom

The use of software to determine bail and sentencing terms has gone mainstream. How fair are these systems?

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves
From ACM TechNews

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves

The artificial intelligence industry is experiencing a supervised learning revolution, as researchers teach computers to recognize patterns and learn from them....

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak
From ACM TechNews

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak

Cybersecurity officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that state-backed hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry
From ACM TechNews

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry

Software and healthcare companies are seeking to create a registry of COVID-19 patients by gathering medical records from across the country.

Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics

New machine learning tools can screen self-assembled peptides in an effort to develop electronic devices that are compatible with the human body.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light
From ACM TechNews

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon.
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