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Upholding ACM's Principles
From Communications of the ACM

Upholding ACM's Principles

Repeated ethical violations ends with membership revocation and ban.

What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?
From ACM News

What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?

Anthony Bourdain's A.I.-generated voice is just the latest example of a celebrity being digitally reincarnated. These days, though, it could happen to any of us...

DeepMind Releases Accurate Picture of the Human Proteome
From ACM News

DeepMind Releases Accurate Picture of the Human Proteome

"We believe this represents the most significant contribution AI has made to advancing scientific knowledge to date," said DeepMind founder and CEO Demis Hassabis...

Algorithm May Help Autonomous Vehicles Navigate Narrow, Crowded Streets
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm May Help Autonomous Vehicles Navigate Narrow, Crowded Streets

An algorithm could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate crowded, narrow streets where vehicles traveling in opposite directions do not have enough space to pass...

DeepMind Creates 'Transformative' Map of Human Proteins Drawn by AI
From ACM News

DeepMind Creates 'Transformative' Map of Human Proteins Drawn by AI

DeepMind plans to release hundreds of millions of protein structures for free.

How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives
From ACM TechNews

How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives

Artificial intelligence's sensory perceptions are advancing toward humanlike capabilities through customized sensors, machine learning, and neural networks.

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
From ACM TechNews

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

From Satellite to Smartphone, App Warns Public of Unsafe Water
From ACM TechNews

From Satellite to Smartphone, App Warns Public of Unsafe Water

A new smartphone application can provide early warnings of cholera contamination in water.

Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe
From ACM News

Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe

Using artificial intelligence-driven data analysis to peel back the noise and find the actual shape of the universe.

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires
From ACM TechNews

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the...

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback
From ACM TechNews

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in...

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces
From ACM News

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers warn of the potential social, ethical, and legal consequences of technologies interacting heavily with human brains.

ML Tool Sorts the Nuances of Quantum Data
From ACM TechNews

ML Tool Sorts the Nuances of Quantum Data

A machine learning tool can parse quantum matter and identify relationships among microscopic properties in the data.

Study Describes Tool for Improving Serious Illness Conversations
From ACM TechNews

Study Describes Tool for Improving Serious Illness Conversations

A new computer model can automatically analyze conversations between seriously ill people, their families, and palliative care specialists in epidemiological studies...

The World's First Digital Model of a Cancer Cell
From ACM TechNews

The World's First Digital Model of a Cancer Cell

Researchers have developed the world's first computer model of a cancer cell, which could revolutionize cancer research.

From Macy’s to Albertsons, Facial Recognition is Already Everywhere
From ACM News

From Macy’s to Albertsons, Facial Recognition is Already Everywhere

Customers are largely unaware that some of their favorite stores are using facial recognition tech.

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones
From ACM TechNews

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding
From ACM TechNews

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

Tests of face recognition software indicate the most accurate algorithms are able to confirm airline passenger identities at boarding while committing few errors...

ECB Starts Work on Digital Version of the Euro
From ACM TechNews

ECB Starts Work on Digital Version of the Euro

The European Central Bank has launched an initiative to produce a digital euro currency.

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find
From ACM TechNews

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find

A new study suggests Amazon's recommendation that users factory reset their Internet of Things devices to erase personal information before reselling them may not...
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