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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.


An Animating Spirit
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An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...

Leveraging Unlabeled Data
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Leveraging Unlabeled Data

Deep learning looks for better pretexts.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses
From ACM TechNews

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

An international team of researchers found 335 new gravitational lensing candidates in the data collected for a U.S. Department of Energy-supported telescope project...

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
From ACM TechNews

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?
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Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?

Thinking machines think just like us—but only up to a point.

Meet the Uninfectables
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Meet the Uninfectables

Hospital wards, grocery stores, and food delivery services are turning to robotic devices to better navigate the pandemic.

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data
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AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data

A new artificial intelligence program can analyze image data to detect and classify galaxies and stars in large datasets from astronomical surveys.

Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models
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Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks — forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

Australia Wins AI 'Eurovision Song Contest'
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Australia Wins AI 'Eurovision Song Contest'

An Australian team won the unofficial AI ‘Eurovision Song Contest’.

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...

UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
From ACM TechNews

UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm

A team of researchers has open-sourced Reinforcement Learning with Augmented Data.

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies
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Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies

Crowdsourced data, artificial intelligence, and cryptography are emerging as vital tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19 as countries look for exit strategies...

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
From ACM TechNews

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

Researchers have demonstrated the first countermeasure for shielding artificial intelligence from differential power analysis attacks.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
From ACM TechNews

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Can AI Become Conscious?
From ACM News

Can AI Become Conscious?

Yes, but only if it runs on very different hardware, says Christof Koch of Seattle's Allen Institute for Brain Science.

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
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AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence software used by hospitals to help diagnose and evaluate COVID-19 has drawn mixed reviews.

Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic is Messing With AI Models
From ACM News

Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic is Messing With AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks —forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

New Hardware Could Curb AI's Energy Appetite
From ACM TechNews

New Hardware Could Curb AI's Energy Appetite

Purdue University engineers have developed hardware that learns using artificial intelligence that currently runs on software platforms.
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