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Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'
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Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'

Researchers are working to acknowledge and understand the "double-bind" for women of color in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories
From ACM TechNews

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories

Ford plans to offer exoskeleton technology to its factory employees worldwide.

New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award
From ACM TechNews

New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award

ACM has established a new biennial award for a surprising or disruptive breakthrough in computing concepts or technologies.

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV
From ACM TechNews

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated computer models that can accurately predict the spread of HIV across populations.

'Smart' Machine Components Alert Users to Damage and Wear
From ACM TechNews

'Smart' Machine Components Alert Users to Damage and Wear

Scientists are using three-dimensionally-printed technology to create "smart" machine parts that alert users of damage or wear.

USB Flash Drives for Precise Positioning and Navigation Inside Buildings
From ACM TechNews

USB Flash Drives for Precise Positioning and Navigation Inside Buildings

Researchers in Germany developed a system for navigating inside buildings that can be implemented in minutes.

Bespoke Additive Manufacturing
From ACM News

Bespoke Additive Manufacturing

Three-dimensional printing tailors item to order, even body parts.

Research Identifies Key Weakness in Modern Computer Vision Systems
From ACM TechNews

Research Identifies Key Weakness in Modern Computer Vision Systems

Brown University researchers have demonstrated a flaw in modern computer vision algorithms that hinders them in differentiating between two objects in an image....

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
From ACM News

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives
From ACM Opinion

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world.

'Blurred Face' News Anonymity Gets an AI Spin
From ACM TechNews

'Blurred Face' News Anonymity Gets an AI Spin

Researchers have developed a method of employing artificial intelligence to better obscure the faces of anonymous individuals in news reports.

AI May Put Private Data at Risk
From ACM TechNews

AI May Put Private Data at Risk

Cornell Tech researchers have determined current models of machine learning are vulnerable to privacy leaks and other attacks.

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths
From ACM TechNews

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths

A new optical filter on a chip can process optical signals from across an extremely wide spectrum of light simultaneously.

New Tool Helps Users Control Which Countries Their Internet Traffic Goes Through
From ACM TechNews

New Tool Helps Users Control Which Countries Their Internet Traffic Goes Through

A new tool enables users to redirect their Internet traffic to avoid its passage through a particular country.

It's Harder to Turn Off a Robot When It's Begging for Its Life
From ACM TechNews

It's Harder to Turn Off a Robot When It's Begging for Its Life

Researchers have found that people are very susceptible to social cues from machines, to the point that they will refrain from shutting off a robot that begs for...

Cyber Report Details Tricks Used by Hackers to Target Critical Infrastructure
From ACM News

Cyber Report Details Tricks Used by Hackers to Target Critical Infrastructure

A cybersecurity firm says it uncovered the methods and tools hackers use to target critical infrastructure organizations, activity it observed by creating a website...

Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices
From ACM News

Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices

Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications...

Trapping Light That Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Trapping Light That Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics

An international project led by Purdue University researchers has yielded a metamaterial "cladding" to block light leakage from computer chips, in a step toward...

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
From ACM News

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...
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