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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data
From ACM TechNews

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data

A new artificial intelligence program can analyze image data to detect and classify galaxies and stars in large datasets from astronomical surveys.

Digital Twinning
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Digital Twinning

Many organizations using the Internet of Things have already implemented Digital Twins.

Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations
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Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations

Researchers used the MOGON II supercomputer to identify several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection as potential candidates against COVID-19...

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
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Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
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App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users
From ACM TechNews

Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users

Intel has verified a newly disclosed security flaw in Windows that exposes an apparently critical vulnerability on millions of computers.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
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Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google said they would not allow the use of location tracking in apps using their new contact tracing system to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
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Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
From ACM TechNews

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence software used by hospitals to help diagnose and evaluate COVID-19 has drawn mixed reviews.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic
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Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic

An app designed by a Japanese teenager uses GPS so people can use their iPhones to track their whereabouts and help with contract tracing during the coronavirus...

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
From ACM TechNews

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers
From ACM TechNews

India Orders Coronavirus Tracing App for All Workers

India's government has directed all public- and private-sector employees to use a state-supported coronavirus contact tracing app.

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications
From ACM TechNews

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications

The Europe Technology Policy Committee of ACM has detailed essential principles and practices for policymakers about deploying COVID-19 contact tracing systems....

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
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Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...

Body Swap
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Body Swap

Augmented Reality systems allow you to learn by embodying an expert.

How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home
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How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home

As we shelter in place in the pandemic, more employers are using software to track our work — and us.

Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security
From ACM TechNews

Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security

Governments and businesses intend to launch mobile applications that use Bluetooth to track coronavirus infections, but working with Bluetooth raises cybersecurity...
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