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Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close
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Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close

Amazon has deployed a new artificial intelligence tool to help employees follow social distancing rules.

La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients
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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients

Using the framework can help medical personnel. understand a patient's behavior, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing Market
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Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing Market

As businesses grapple with how to safely reopen the workplace, some companies are rushing out new work force health-vetting and tracking tools.

Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.
From ACM News

Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.

Months after other countries, Britain will now use technology provided by Apple and Google to build a contact-tracing app.

Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness
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Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness

A recent spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of add-ons to Google's Chrome Web browser.

Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus
From ACM TechNews

Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus

The NBA plans to use smart technologies to protect players and staff as 22 teams prepare to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

The Quantum Threat
From Communications of the ACM

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment
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China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment

Even children are pressed into giving blood samples to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing's growing surveillance capabilities.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
From ACM TechNews

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You
From ACM TechNews

In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You

Two Russian companies have partnered on an advanced autonomous driving system for agricultural vehicles.

Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'

Researchers in Canada created computer simulations of the potential human health benefits of a large-scale transition to electric cars.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That
From ACM News

Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That

The Dutch government wants every citizen to download an app for tracking and tracing potential Covid-19 infections, but the app does not yet exist.  

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest
From ACM TechNews

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest

Researchers have developed an electronic nose system to sniff out the ripest peaches for harvest.

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
From ACM News

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software
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Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

The company said it hoped the moratorium "might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules" for the technology.

With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife
From ACM TechNews

With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife

Sensors and other equipment aboard the International Space Station will be used to monitor wildlife, revolutionizing animal tracking.
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