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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.


Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

Life as a Logician
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Life as a Logician

Mathematician Martin Jackson is known for his work on Hilbert's Tenth Problem, among other things.

These Robots Can Move Your Couch
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These Robots Can Move Your Couch

University of Cincinnati engineers taught two robots to move a couch together without either robot directing the other.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.

Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns
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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing
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Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing

Google's sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in business model test case.

For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road
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For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road

Investors have rushed into startups that promise to have big rigs drive themselves, but a path to commercial markets remains a major challenge.

Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water
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Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water

New imaging and machine learning tools can analyze the genomic features of plant leaves as a means of increasing water-use efficiency for crops.

Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage
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Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage

Software startup Tastry Inc. has developed an artificial intelligence model that can help California winemakers salvage grapes damaged by wildfire smoke.

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

Neural Network Helps Augment 3D Micro-CT Images of Fibrous Materials
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Neural Network Helps Augment 3D Micro-CT Images of Fibrous Materials

Researchers have reconstructed three-dimensional micro-computed tomography images of fibrous materials using machine learning.

A Model Restoration
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A Model Restoration

The architect of the Sagrada Familia appears to have done parametric modeling in his head; software is helping to complete the structure a century later.

Photonic Processors Light the Way
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Photonic Processors Light the Way

Highly efficient light-based processors can overcome the bottlenecks of today's electronics.

U.S. AI Policy Still Effectively A Closed Box
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U.S. AI Policy Still Effectively A Closed Box

Expect a tapestry of federal, state and local policies to take shape.  

OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker
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OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker

Plus: The early days of programming, an existential investigation, and bipartisanship before our very eyes.

Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?
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Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?

As the company deals with government scrutiny of its driver-assistance technology, an add-on kit sold for up to $10,000 is also getting more attention.

Facial Recognition AI Helps Save Multibillion Dollar Grape Crop
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Facial Recognition AI Helps Save Multibillion Dollar Grape Crop

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a method of protecting grape crops through the use of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Researchers Teach AI to See Depth in Photos, Paintings
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Researchers Teach AI to See Depth in Photos, Paintings

Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada and Adobe Research used a process called monocular depth estimation to teach artificial intelligence to determine...

How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients
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How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.

Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery
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Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery

Researchers have developed an approach that uses experimental chemistry and artificial intelligence to facilitate delivery of a drug to treat Duchenne muscular...
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