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Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training
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Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training

Researchers used a spiking neural network on a microchip as a foundation for developing more efficient hardware-based artificial intelligence systems.

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials
From ACM TechNews

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at remote industrial...

How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
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Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

Researchers Develop Method for Putting Quantum Correlations to the Test
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Researchers Develop Method for Putting Quantum Correlations to the Test

New research involving has yielded a new method for testing the quality of quantum correlations.

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
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A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

Reimagining Contact
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Reimagining Contact

Covid-19, which challenges how we interact with one another, is accelerating the development of touchless technologies.

Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment
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Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment

University at Buffalo and University of Pittsburgh engineers three-dimensionally-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment, after addressing scalability and...

Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables
From ACM News

Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables

The e-commerce giant's technology can carry out millions of assessments to grade the quality of fruits and vegetables at a cost far below any other method.

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings
From ACM TechNews

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

A machine learning model can help identify flooded buildings within 24 hours of a disaster using news media photos.

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
From ACM TechNews

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars

The Ingenuity helicopter has become the first aircraft to achieve powered flight on Mars.

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car
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Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car

Pizza chain Domino's has launched a robot car pizza delivery service to select customers in Houston's Woodland Heights neighborhood.

FTP is 50 Years Old
From ACM News

FTP is 50 Years Old

The 16th of April 1971 is not only the date when the Rolling Stone first released Brown Sugar, it is also marked with the publication of RFC 114 marking the birthday...

First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet
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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet

Researchers in the Netherlands have established an entanglement-based network between three quantum processors for the first time.

ACM Prize Awarded to Pioneer in Quantum Computing
From ACM TechNews

ACM Prize Awarded to Pioneer in Quantum Computing

ACM has named Scott Aaronson the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for his pioneering contributions to quantum computing.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location
From ACM TechNews

Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Rolf Mueller and colleagues have developed a new technique for identifying the point of origin of a sound....

3D-Printed Material to Replace Ivory
From ACM TechNews

3D-Printed Material to Replace Ivory

Researchers have engineered a substitute for ivory in three-dimensional printing.

N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash
From ACM News

N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.
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