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College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?
From ACM TechNews

College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?

This fall, students at 10 U.S. universities will attend metaversities, virtual reality (VR) platforms where educators and students wear VR headsets and interact...

Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up
From ACM News

Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up

As it reckons with supply chain vulnerabilities, the country is spending billions to revitalize domestic production and seeking to form a coalition with "like-minded"...

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.

New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise
From ACM News

New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise

The work was notable because Quantinuum's error correction technology keeps logical qubits stable longer than conventional qubits.

Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis
From ACM TechNews

Datacenters Are Facing Climate Crisis

With studies predicting more extreme weather in the coming years, datacenters need to be prepared.

Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight
From ACM TechNews

Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight

Researchers have developed artificial muscles using a three-dimensional printer and tiny actuators that convert energy into movement.

Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks
From ACM TechNews

Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks

The OceanOneK robot built by Stanford University researchers is exploring shipwrecks and sunken planes on the ocean floor.

The CHIPS Act and Industrial Policy, Explained
From ACM News

The CHIPS Act and Industrial Policy, Explained

Is America giving up on the free market?

California's Strawberry Fields May Not Be Forever. Could Robots Help?
From ACM TechNews

California's Strawberry Fields May Not Be Forever. Could Robots Help?

Some experts see agricultural robots as necessary for keeping California's strawberry industry afloat.

Playing with Dirt Leads to Big Potential for Sustainable Buildings
From ACM TechNews

Playing with Dirt Leads to Big Potential for Sustainable Buildings

University of Virginia researchers are experimenting with methods to incorporate plants into buildings to advance sustainability.

Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval
From ACM TechNews

Chips and Science Act Goes to Biden for Approval

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress this week passed the Chips and Science Act, earmarking $280 billion to strengthen U.S. innovation and technology hubs, including...

Fiber-Optic Cables Could Be Used for Spying
From ACM TechNews

Fiber-Optic Cables Could Be Used for Spying

Device can eavesdrop on people up to 1 km away using existing fiber-optic cables.

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms
From ACM TechNews

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms

Opens the door to using commercially available health monitors to detect other infectious diseases.

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
From ACM TechNews

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

Agricultural Engineers Design Early Step for Robotic, Green-Fruit Thinning
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Agricultural Engineers Design Early Step for Robotic, Green-Fruit Thinning

Agricultural engineers created a prototype end-effector that can remove unwanted apples from trees as a first step toward robotic, green-fruit thinning.

U.K. Project Will Create 165-Mile Drone Superhighway
From ACM TechNews

U.K. Project Will Create 165-Mile Drone Superhighway

The U.K. government has approved plans for Skyway, a 165-mile drone superhighway that will connect towns across England and be used to survey infrastructure such...

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?

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
From ACM TechNews

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
From ACM TechNews

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.
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