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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis
From ACM TechNews

Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis

Internet retailer Alibaba and Chinese agriculture technology platform Pinduoduo are working on government initiatives to stave off a looming food crisis in China...

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
From ACM TechNews

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars
From ACM TechNews

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars

The Perseverance rover will explore Mars with the self-flying Ingenuity helicopter drone, using Linux and NASA-built software.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
From Communications of the ACM

The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Fact-Finding Mission
From Communications of the ACM

Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
From Communications of the ACM

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
From Communications of the ACM

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers developed robots that mimic blackworms blobs and could pave the way for the creation of swarm robots that function as...

Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction
From ACM News

Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northwestern University have devised a novel type of quantum error correction where errors are spontaneously...

This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics
From ACM News

This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant...

AI Agents Learned Object Permanence by Playing Hide and Seek
From ACM TechNews

AI Agents Learned Object Permanence by Playing Hide and Seek

Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI demonstrated that artificial intelligence agents learned the concept of object permanence — that objects hidden from view...

Quantum Computing Enables Simulations to Unravel Mysteries of Magnetic Materials
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computing Enables Simulations to Unravel Mysteries of Magnetic Materials

Materials science simulations conducted by a multi-institutional research team on a quantum computer generated accurate results that can be confirmed with neutron...

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
From ACM News

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI
From ACM TechNews

New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI

Teams of researchers in the U.S. and Belgian have proposed a new kind of capacitorless dynamic random-access memory that could benefit AI applications.

Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist
From ACM TechNews

Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist

Researchers at Northwestern University have a developed a three-dimensional printing technique that uses a liquid photopolymer activated by light.

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense

A team of researchers has developed an adaptive cyber defense against zero-day attacks using machine learning.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers
From ACM News

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers

A global UNESCO study found women remain a minority in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and artificial intelligence.

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
From ACM News

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says
From ACM TechNews

Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says

Drone delivery service Zipline has partnered with "a leading manufacturer of Covid-19 vaccines" to start dispatching doses to global partner sites as soon as April...

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities
From ACM TechNews

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities

A space mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.
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