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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX
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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX

Google has launched new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience design, through the online learning platform Coursera...

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR
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U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR

The government skipped essential data privacy impact assessments in its rush to get the system up and running.

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
From ACM TechNews

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam
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A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam

A hacker this week accessed an "admin" tool on Twitter to commandeer prominent Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct...

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
From ACM TechNews

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory
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A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory

An artificial intelligence-based sensor system can prevent children from being forgotten in locked cars.

How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change
From ACM News

How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

To cut the carbon, programmers are cutting the code. Call it green programming.

A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam
From ACM News

A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam

In a major show of force, hackers breached some of the site's most prominent accounts, a Who's Who of Americans in politics, entertainment and tech.

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine
From ACM TechNews

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine

Kobold Metals, a startup backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others, aims to search for cobalt near a nickel mine in northern Quebec using data analytics.

Emoji Reveal Whiteness as Driver of Technology
From ACM TechNews

Emoji Reveal Whiteness as Driver of Technology

A study from the University of Alabama that investigated the inclusion of skin-tone modifiers in emoji sets demonstrated that whiteness remains the core of emoji...

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19

A European Union-supported supercomputing platform has identified a generic osteoporosis drug's potential effectiveness against Covid-19.

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
From ACM TechNews

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Coping with Burnout in IT
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Coping with Burnout in IT

Supporting staffers working from home adds another layer to the stress many IT professionals already were feeling.

Power of DNA to Store Information Gets an Upgrade
From ACM TechNews

Power of DNA to Store Information Gets an Upgrade

A team of interdisciplinary researchers used intertwined DNA strands to store an Esperanto translation of "The Wizard of Oz" with unprecedented accuracy.

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills
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Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills

Researchers have found that technical interviews for many software engineering positions do not focus on whether the candidate is competent at coding, but whether...

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
From ACM TechNews

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks
From ACM TechNews

Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks

A team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists  has designed a wearable insect detection system that spots livestock mite infestations in poultry....
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