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In Memoriam: Niklaus Wirth
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In Memoriam: Niklaus Wirth

The overriding philosophy of computing pioneer Niklaus Wirth, who died on January 1, 2024, was that systems should be simple, efficient, and "elegant."

NASA Selects Winners of Third TechRise Student Challenge
From ACM TechNews

NASA Selects Winners of Third TechRise Student Challenge

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration named 60 winning teams for its third TechRise Student Challenge.

In Memoriam: John R. Rice
From ACM News

In Memoriam: John R. Rice

Rice was named to the National Academy of Engineering "for leadership in founding the field of mathematical software and for fundamental contributions to its content...

Data Science Major Takes Off
From ACM TechNews

Data Science Major Takes Off

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 897 data science bachelor's degrees were awarded in 2022, up from just 84 in 2020.

Virtual Reality as Therapy
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Reality as Therapy

Leveraging precisely designed alternate realities as therapeutic tools.

DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes
From ACM TechNews

DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes

Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology created a detailed database of marine microbe information.

App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams
From ACM TechNews

App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams

A new app is intended to prevent elder fraud by helping older adults identify online scams.

Epigenomics Now
From Communications of the ACM

Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?
From Communications of the ACM

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?

Generative artificial intelligence and the law: there is no turning back.

ACM Publications Finances for 2022
From Communications of the ACM

ACM Publications Finances for 2022

Achieving a balance between mission, sustainability, and growth is without question ACM's greatest challenge as we transition to a fully Open Access model over...

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D
From ACM TechNews

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D

A multi-year partnership between the California Institute of Technology and Broadcom aims to advance quantum science research and development.

The Greatest Degree Program Ever
From ACM News

The Greatest Degree Program Ever

Georgia Tech is among the most employer-connected, industry-aligned universities in the country with growing enrollments at every level.

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
From ACM TechNews

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
From ACM TechNews

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy
From ACM TechNews

Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy

Some teenagers are asking their schools to provide broader AI learning experiences.

Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests
From ACM News

Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests

A.I. tools like ChatGPT did not boost the frequency of cheating in high schools, Stanford researchers say.

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh
From ACM TechNews

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh

At the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, a replica of Vincent van Gogh chats with visitors, offering insights into his life and death.

Revamping Python for an AI World
From Communications of the ACM

Revamping Python for an AI World

Mojo has the same syntax as Python, but runs up to 35,000 times faster.

Universities Train Engineers for the Quantum Future
From ACM TechNews

Universities Train Engineers for the Quantum Future

Colleges are starting the process of educating future engineers in topics such as how quantum computing hardware components work and how to write quantum computing...

Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism
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Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to robotics that uses insights from extinct organisms to create soft robots.
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