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U.S. Women in Tech Still Paid Less Than Men
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U.S. Women in Tech Still Paid Less Than Men

A study of salary survey data by job search site Dice indicated that U.S. women in technology fields still earn less than men overall.

Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments
From ACM TechNews

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.

Where AI Jobs are Exploding in Number (It's Not in Silicon Valley)
From ACM TechNews

Where AI Jobs are Exploding in Number (It's Not in Silicon Valley)

Four states account for 90% of all ZipRecruiter-advertised jobs requiring advanced artificial intelligence skills, and 60% of all artificial intelligence jobs on...

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.

Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness
From ACM TechNews

Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness

More companies are prioritizing employee happiness to enhance retention and productivity, giving rise to a cottage industry for monitoring, analyzing, and improving...

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
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Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline

Researchers in China have developed a robot that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs, and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs. 

Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley
From ACM TechNews

Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurs are looking outside Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston, and New York City to establish technology hubs in U.S. states far from its coasts.

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. 

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
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Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

We’re not prepared for the end of Moore’s Law
From ACM News

We’re not prepared for the end of Moore’s Law

It has fueled prosperity of the last 50 years. But the end is now in sight.

NSF Accelerator is Open For Business
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NSF Accelerator is Open For Business

Attempting to harness the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas.

Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR
From ACM TechNews

Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR

Researchers combined virtual reality with three-dimensional motion-capture technology to help patients perform physiotherapy exercises at home.

AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs
From ACM TechNews

AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs

A Brookings Institution study predicts the next wave of artificial intelligence-driven automation will target white-collar professions like marketing specialists...

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest
From ACM News

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest

"The norms around the societal consequences statements are not yet well established," NeurIPS 2020 communications chair Michael Littman said. "We expect them to...

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.

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.

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

Wake steering can help ever-larger turbines work together more efficiently on wind farms.

High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption
From ACM TechNews

High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption

A McKinsey Global Institute survey offers lessons from high-performing companies on artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, of whom about 3% are realizing outsize...
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