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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Eyes on the Skies
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Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now
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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade...

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.

Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization
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Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source leaders are trying to find more support for their open-source approach by creating the Organization for Ethical Source.

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.

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report
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CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report

Software quality is crucial to delivering value to organizations, U.S. economy.

Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips
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Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Software-quality tracking company Tiobe named Python 2020's top programming language because its popularity outgrew that of all other languages in its index last...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain
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Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain

A novel technique developed by Columbia University researchers helped to map neural network dynamics in the C. elegans worm.

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021
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The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We're looking at another year of Internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.

Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course
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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

The maritime industry wades into digitalization; will it float?

Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium
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Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

Apple's lawsuit against security research firm Corellium has failed, with a federal judge rejecting claims that Corellium's software breached copyright law.

How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk
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How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk

Economics and machine learning researchers have found artificial intelligence is making companies change how they communicate.

To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language
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To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University neuroscientists have found that reading computer code activates different brain regions than reading...

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
From Communications of the ACM

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming
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Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming

Johns Hopkins University scientists mapped computer programmers' brain activity during coding exercises to uncover the underlying neural processes.

The Next Best Thing to Being There
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The Next Best Thing to Being There

Encouraged by the pandemic, augmented and mixed realities bring new views to end-users in medicine, industry, and the military.

Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit
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Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit

The Pentagon, intelligence agencies, nuclear labs, and Fortune 500 companies use software found to have been compromised by Russian hackers. The sweep of stolen...
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