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Top Programming Languages 2020
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Top Programming Languages 2020

Python's dominance as the most popular programming language is holding steady in 2020, according to IEEE Spectrum's latest rankings of top languages.

New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide
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New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide

The New York State legislature Wednesday passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other biometric identification methods in schools statewide until...

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App
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Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App

Researchers have outlined the ethical and legal challenges of developing and implementing digital tools for managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

University Reopening Plans Under Fire
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University Reopening Plans Under Fire

Hundreds of universities across the United States are poised to reopen their campuses this fall with a mix of online and in-person courses. Academics are dismayed...

New DOE Blueprint to Pave the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet
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New DOE Blueprint to Pave the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet

"The Department of Energy is proud to play an instrumental role in the development of the national quantum Internet," U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said...

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
From Communications of the ACM

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.

Digital Humans on the Big Screen
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Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.

Are We Addicted to Technology?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Addicted to Technology?

Experts agree technology causes some negative behaviors, but they are divided on how bad the problem is.

A Tool for Hardening Java Crypto
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A Tool for Hardening Java Crypto

A new tool identifies cryptographic vulnerabilities in Java (and soon, in Python) automatically.

Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows
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Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows

The researchers hope software engineers will be able to build on their work to create a real-time monitoring system for exposing foreign influence in American politics...

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning
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Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning

Researchers proposed a new machine learning approach that induces a photonic tensor core to conduct multiplications of matrices in parallel, boosting the speed...

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects
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Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects

Researchers have developed a technique for realizing higher-resolution detection of nearby fast-moving objects in frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR, critical...

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers
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Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Science Foundation are investing $75 million in three quantum computing centers.

Partnering With AI
From ACM News

Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
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Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology
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Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology

The Interspecies I/O forum last week announced the $1-million Coller Prize for Interspecies Conversation, whose backers include rock artist Peter Gabriel and former...
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