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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.


Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images
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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 

Chatbot Pushback
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Chatbot Pushback

Consumers are underwhelmed by e-commerce chatbots.

Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees
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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another
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Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another

New software automatically translates a video of a person speaking in one language into another language, while matching their lip movements to the new words.

Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived
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Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived

Researchers have met the U.S. DARPA challenge to create next-generation organ-on-a-chip models. 

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Exploring the Theory of Computing
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Exploring the Theory of Computing

In his new book, Avi Wigderson argues for computing’s central role in human thought.

Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices
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Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices

MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new text-analysis method for rapidly narrowing down reading material from billions of online options. 

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk
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Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Chinese researchers have developed a set of algorithms that significantly improves the accuracy of detecting space junk in earth's orbit.

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

Autonomy and Automation on the Water
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Autonomy and Automation on the Water

Self-driving and remote-controlled vessels are taking over some duties from human crews.

Donald Knuth Reflects on 50 years of ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘
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Donald Knuth Reflects on 50 years of ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘

Knuth is known for introducing the notion of "literate programming," emphasizing the importance of writing code that is readable by humans as well as computers....

Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable
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Software Aims To Make Science More Replicable

A new open-source program combines the functions of a word processor with other things one might need when writing scientific research papers.

Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel
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Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel

Researchers have developed a hand-tracking system to determine how long it would take a driver to assume control of a self-driving car in an emergency.

Can You Hear Me Now?
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Can You Hear Me Now?

Columbia University researchers achieve a meeting of minds on Artificial Intelligence-assisted hearing technology.

Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make
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Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make

Researchers developed a digital tool that generates fabrication instructions and solves problems with techniques from programming languages when users design woodworking...
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