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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

Researchers warn of the potential for unregulated aerial drones to threaten citizens.

Chinese, U.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test
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Chinese, U.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test

A new system could make self-driving technology easier to evaluate in the lab and ensure more reliable safety before expensive road testing.

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years
From ACM TechNews

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education cited new research as the top paper of the past 50 years.

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTENĀ· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTENĀ· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines
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The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security...

AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective
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AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective

Research at Google has found that artificial intelligence algorithms can help eye doctors make more accurate diagnoses.

Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition
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Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is fighting a Danish firm's plan to use unmanned vehicles to move shipping containers around the Los Angeles port...

Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds
From ACM TechNews

Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds

Researchers have found mobile health apps pose unprecedented risk to consumers' privacy because of their ability to collect and share user data.

Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow
From ACM News

Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow

A competition of self-driving snowplows.

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...

Resistance to Killer Robots Growing
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Resistance to Killer Robots Growing

Activists from 35 countries met in Germany this week to urge a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Switzerland.

Hospital Using Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings
From ACM TechNews

Hospital Using Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

United Parcel Service and drone manufacturer Matternet launched a drone delivery service this week by transporting a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals...

Two Young Hackers Won $375,000 and a Model 3 for Finding Tesla Bug
From ACM TechNews

Two Young Hackers Won $375,000 and a Model 3 for Finding Tesla Bug

Two young computer hackers won $35,000 and a Tesla Model 3 electric car for finding a bug that let them infiltrate the vehicle's internal Web browser.

How GMU Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus
From ACM TechNews

How GMU Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus

Students eating habits have changed since the deployment of 25 semi-autonomous delivery robots from Starship Technologies on the George Mason University campus...

Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City
From ACM TechNews

Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City

Google is using a 12-acre plot on the outskirts of Toronto to build a city of the future.

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou

Xia Zhou, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, has been awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar Award.

Fathers of the Deep Learning Revolution Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award
From ACM News

Fathers of the Deep Learning Revolution Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award

Bengio, Hinton, and LeCun ushered in major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.

Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail
From ACM TechNews

Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail

Researchers created a swarm of disc-shaped robots inspired by living cells, that can join together, squeeze through gaps, and keep moving even if many of its parts...

Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech
From ACM TechNews

Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech

Nvidia it is working with German standards body TÜV SÜD to develop a kind of driver's license for self-driving cars.
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