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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.


Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments
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Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments

Companies seeking treatments for the coronavirus increasingly are using artificial intelligence to speed up their drug-discovery efforts.

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
From ACM TechNews

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores
From ACM TechNews

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores

A new system allows robots to learn complicated tasks that would normally confuse them with too many complicated rules.

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms
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Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms

A new machine learning computer model accurately predicts damaging radiation storms caused by Van Allen belts two days before they hit.

Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles
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Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles

Researchers say a new motion prediction system enhances pedestrian detection in autonomous vehicles.

AI Comes to the Tax Code
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AI Comes to the Tax Code

Governments increasingly are using artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect tax evasion, respond to taxpayer questions, and boost efficiency.

Clearing Up the Picture
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Clearing Up the Picture

Deep learning approaches can process images and video captured in less-then-desirable conditions, providing much clearer results.

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool
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Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a flooding prediction algorithm that could potentially aid disaster management.

The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese companies are scrambling to deploy robots and automation to take over for absent workers as the coronavirus spreads. 

Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles

Researchers have developed a machine learning technique that reduces battery testing times by 98%—a step toward longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric...

How to Stop an Iceberg in Its Tracks
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How to Stop an Iceberg in Its Tracks

Researchers used a small robot to generate detailed three-dimensional maps of icebergs in Greenland's Sermilik Fjord.

AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke
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AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke

A study led by researchers in the U.K. used artificial intelligence to measure blood flow in order to forecast death, heart attack, and stroke.

DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence
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DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

The recommendations came after 15 months of consultation with experts on artificial intelligence from industry, government, academia, and the American public.

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader
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U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader

Cheryl Ingstad, the department's first director of its Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, will oversee the DOE's AI activities

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security
From ACM TechNews

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security

Computer scientists have designed an algorithm to combat poaching in wildlife preserves.

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War
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Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

The new principles follow recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.
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