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Trouble at the Source
From Communications of the ACM

Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
From Communications of the ACM

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
From ACM News

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Researchers Use AI to Create Better VR Experiences
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Use AI to Create Better VR Experiences

Stanford University researchers have combined optics and artificial intelligence to improve holographic displays for virtual and augmented reality experiences. ...

UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five
From ACM TechNews

UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five

A battery-free body area network integrates advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to facilitate communication between garments and nearby devices.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
From ACM News

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
From ACM News

What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

Why Facebook Won't Let You Control Your Own News Feed
From ACM News

Why Facebook Won't Let You Control Your Own News Feed

Lawmakers want social networks to offer users a chronological timeline. Leaked documents help to explain why Facebook doesn't.

When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls
From ACM News

When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls

A nation's scientists took to social media in response to criticism of their research, with surprising results. Sami Syrjämäki describes what happened.

Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly
From ACM TechNews

Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly

Digitally encoded information has been transmitted wirelessly using nuclear radiation.

Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares
From ACM TechNews

Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge found universities' value judgments about research have been tied to social media platforms.

Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation
From ACM News

Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation

Said Berners-Lee, "The tracks are laid, the trains are ready to run, trusted data is ready to flow."

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
From ACM News

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse
From ACM News

Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

What the world's fastest brain-typist is telling us about the future of computer interfaces.

Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'
From ACM News

Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'

A new artificial intelligence architecture that will handle many tasks at once.

Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People
From ACM News

Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People

The company will delete all of its face scan data, citing societal concerns and regulatory uncertainty.

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
From ACM TechNews

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

The U.S. State Department will establish a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy as part of a reorganization intended to address international cybersecurity...

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
From ACM TechNews

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Facebook Renames Itself Meta Amid Controversy
From ACM News

Facebook Renames Itself Meta Amid Controversy

The social network wants to be known as a metaverse company.
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