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Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More
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Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More

Researchers combined two techniques—radio frequency (RF) photonics sensing and quantum metrology—to give sensor networks a never-before-achieved level of precision...

Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19
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Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19

To maintain trust, governments must put much-needed artificial intelligence governance architectures in place.

The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future
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The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

"We saw that business double overnight," startup says of UK grocery deliveries.

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.

Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs
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Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

Researchers have developed a method of incorporating electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics to create clothes that monitor vital signs.

Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus
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Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus

A robot is being used at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University to handle remote triage of patients suspected of having COVID-19.

Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs
From ACM TechNews

Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs

A "pandemic drone" is being tested by police in Westport, CT,

AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity
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AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to detect Twitter bots based on differences in the patterns of Tweeting activity of real and fake accounts...

An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future
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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.

Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers
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Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers

White-hat hackers are helping thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years
From ACM TechNews

Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years

Apple will patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years.

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears
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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing...

This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation
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This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation

A ball-shaped robot is helping astronauts on the International Space Station manage tasks, stress, and the isolation of living 200 miles above our planet’s surface...

Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers
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Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers

Leading researchers have proposed a system of financially rewarding users to spot bias in algorithms.

Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay
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Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay

Faced with staff shortages and overwhelming patient loads, a growing number of hospitals are turning to automated tools to help them manage the pandemic.

ACM Members Named to AAAS
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ACM Members Named to AAAS

Eight ACM members were among the 276 artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders named 2020 members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Wi-Fi is Getting its Biggest Upgrade in 20 years
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Wi-Fi is Getting its Biggest Upgrade in 20 years

6GHz Wi-Fi is coming soon.

Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era
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Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era

Demand is on the rise for alternative data that show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting industries and trade worldwide.

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference

A team of researchers has developed an end-to-end framework for secure computation of artificial intelligence models and batch normalization.

Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records
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Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records

Researchers were able to send 172 terabits per second of data through a single multicore fiber.
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