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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News
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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have determined that artificial intelligence can help assess news stories accurately, but only when a story is first...

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play
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Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

A team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chess engine that is trained to play like, rather than beat, humans.

LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function
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LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

Lambda allows users to define new functions written in Excel's own formula language.

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey
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AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

In a survey of information technology leaders, 41% of respondents expect artificial intelligence to take over their roles by 2030.

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data
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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models....

MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab
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MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab.

'Are You Real?'
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'Are You Real?'

An ecosystem is emerging for ‘digital human’ development.

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)
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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.

How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete
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How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete

Special three-dimensional printing patterns designed by researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  were inspired by lobster shells.

Moore's Law: What Comes Next?
From Communications of the ACM

Moore's Law: What Comes Next?

Moore's Law challenges point to changes in software.

The State of Virtual Reality Hardware
From Communications of the ACM

The State of Virtual Reality Hardware

Advances in VR hardware could finally take the technology mainstream.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
From Communications of the ACM

Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News
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Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News

The agreement comes after several months of talks between Google France and France's Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale.

Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms
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Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Researchers at Facebook claim to have developed software that can forecast the probability of a Covid-19 patient's symptoms escalating, based on their chest x-rays...

Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites
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Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites

A robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton mimics the efficient swimming movements of the moon jellyfish...

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings
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Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

A new optical flow-based learning process lets robots calculate distances through the visual appearance of objects in view.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times
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Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Researchers at Texas A&M University and the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh have developed a system that uses machine learning to optimize the timing of traffic...

Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close
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Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close

Begun nearly a decade ago, Loon was one of the company's high-profile, cutting-edge efforts. But it was difficult to turn into a business.

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020

Once again, the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2020 included more than a bit of coverage on  programming and programming languages.

AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit
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AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

A prototype artificial intelligence developed by Colorado State University researchers could train dogs while their owners are out.
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