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Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus
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Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus

The NBA plans to use smart technologies to protect players and staff as 22 teams prepare to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game
From ACM TechNews

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game

Researchers have digitized the movements of 14 dog breeds.

Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI
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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI

Researchers stacked resistive random-access memory modules for artificial intelligence applications in a novel three-dimensional spiral.

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
From Communications of the ACM

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

Your Wish Is My CMD
From Communications of the ACM

Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

The Quantum Threat
From Communications of the ACM

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
From ACM News

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem
From ACM TechNews

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem

The assumption that the cost of training computers is declining with the doubling of computing power every two years does not always hold true.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad
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For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad

A new high-tech vending machine can dispense a salad into a compostable bowl and keep ingredients at constant, food-safe temperatures.

Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer
From ACM TechNews

Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer

Researchers have developed a method to transfer bits across a silicon chip up to five times more efficiently than standard setups.

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS
From ACM News

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services networks were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack just as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up.

The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers
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The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Computer scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have created the first intuitive high-level quantum programming language.

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment
From ACM News

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment

Even children are pressed into giving blood samples to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing's growing surveillance capabilities.

Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’
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Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’

The digital companions may sound like science fiction. But when social isolation became the norm, they helped deal with the loneliness, some users say.

Quantum Backbone
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Quantum Backbone

An Oak Ridge early-career award recipient plots the infrastructure for a quantum-information highway.

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots
From ACM TechNews

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots

Thousands of votes in Georgia's primary may not have been counted, due to faulty software or poorly calibrated scanners used to count mailed ballots.

Ceze, Strauss Share ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award
From ACM TechNews

Ceze, Strauss Share ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture named Luis Ceze and Karin Strauss to share the 2020 Maurice Wilkes Award.

Tech Companies Say They Value Diversity, but Reports Show Little Change in Last Six Years
From ACM TechNews

Tech Companies Say They Value Diversity, but Reports Show Little Change in Last Six Years

A CNBC analysis of minority hiring by tech companies found they have made little progress since vowing to increase diversity six years ago.

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
From ACM TechNews

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.
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