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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.


'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.

Giving AI Common Sense
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Giving AI Common Sense

Can we teach smart machines what is obvious to every 10-year-old?

Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning
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Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning

Researchers say drones and advanced machine learning can be used to detect improvised explosive devices and butterfly landmines.

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review
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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.

Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real
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Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real

Some improvements to artificial intelligence may come from tweaks rather than core innovations, and some of those gains may not exist at all.

How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

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

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.

Teaming Up with Artificial Intelligence
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Teaming Up with Artificial Intelligence

What makes a human-AI dream team?

Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance
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Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance

Artificial intelligence has ushered in a new golden age of semiconductor innovation.

Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit
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Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya discovered a previously unknown Distributed Denial of Service exploit.

Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid
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Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

New software allows medical staff to obtain a patient’s hemoglobin count in real time by capturing an image of the patient's inner eyelid with a smartphone.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions
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Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions

The fashion industry is seeking technological solutions to the growing problem of unwanted textiles through tailored apparel.

An Animating Spirit
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An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...

Leveraging Unlabeled Data
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Leveraging Unlabeled Data

Deep learning looks for better pretexts.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

A New Class of AI Ethics
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A New Class of AI Ethics

The ethics of artificial intelligence is increasingly part of school curricula. Will it lead to a better world?

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses
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Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

An international team of researchers found 335 new gravitational lensing candidates in the data collected for a U.S. Department of Energy-supported telescope project...

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?
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Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?

Thinking machines think just like us—but only up to a point.
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