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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.


Applied AI Teaches Handwriting
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Applied AI Teaches Handwriting

In an increasingly digital world, how do you teach students cursive handwriting?

Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR
From ACM TechNews

Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR

Vibrating pads on people's arms can support a more convincing illusion of weight in virtual reality by fooling the brain into ignoring certain sensory input.

He Used AI to Win a Fine-Arts Competition. Was It Cheating?
From ACM News

He Used AI to Win a Fine-Arts Competition. Was It Cheating?

One judge said the striking piece evoked Renaissance art. But some critics compared it to 'entering a marathon and driving a Lamborghini to the finish line.'

It's Alive! It's With the Band! A Computer Soloist Holds Its Own
From ACM News

It's Alive! It's With the Band! A Computer Soloist Holds Its Own

Voyager, a computer program, played with Ensemble Signal in the U.S. premiere of a George Lewis piece that was a highlight of this year's concert calendar.

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
From Communications of the ACM

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

The Road to 6G
From Communications of the ACM

The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom
From Communications of the ACM

How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom

Artificial intelligence is helping the esports industry take the world by storm.

AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Reading, Accessibility
From ACM TechNews

AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Reading, Accessibility

Model matches reader characteristics, such as font familiarity and age, with specific font characteristics, such as heavier weight.

Gaming for Science: How Video Games Are Making Research Fun
From ACM TechNews

Gaming for Science: How Video Games Are Making Research Fun

Video games paired with citizen science are increasingly being used by researchers to make data collection and analysis fun and rewarding.

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses
From ACM TechNews

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.

Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH

Engineer and musician Victor Zappi introduced a virtual percussion instrument co-developed with Professor Sidney Fels at the University of British Columbia at ACM's...

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
From ACM News

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

Formalizing Fairness
From Communications of the ACM

Formalizing Fairness

Algorithmic fairness aims to remedy issues stemming from algorithmic bias.

Crossing the Uncanny Valley
From Communications of the ACM

Crossing the Uncanny Valley

The "uncanny valley effect" may be holding back the field of robotics.

Neurotechnology and the Law
From Communications of the ACM

Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
From ACM TechNews

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD
From ACM TechNews

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a computer game to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
From ACM News

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
From ACM News

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
From ACM News

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'
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