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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
From ACM TechNews

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Here Come the Drones
From ACM News

Here Come the Drones

The U.S. is getting serious about filling the skies with unmanned aircraft.  

AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech
From ACM TechNews

AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech

May's AI for Social Good Lab initiative provided 30 undergraduate women from across Canada the opportunity to use artificial intelligence to address a social issue...

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV
From ACM TechNews

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated computer models that can accurately predict the spread of HIV across populations.

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
From ACM Careers

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives
From ACM Opinion

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world.

Trapping Light That Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Trapping Light That Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics

An international project led by Purdue University researchers has yielded a metamaterial "cladding" to block light leakage from computer chips, in a step toward...

'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace
From ACM News

'The Beginning of a Wave': A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace

The technology is still in its infancy, but it will get better, learning as it goes.

       Decentralizing the Web: Maintaining the Momentum
From ACM News

Decentralizing the Web: Maintaining the Momentum

The Internet Archive's Wendy Hanamura on progress towards a decentralized web.

AI, Quantum, Space Commercialization Among White House R&D Priorities
From ACM TechNews

AI, Quantum, Space Commercialization Among White House R&D Priorities

Artificial intelligence and quantum computing are among the research and development priorities for the White House for fiscal year 2020.

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
From ACM News

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.

Universities FLIP For Diversity
From ACM News

Universities FLIP For Diversity

Cornell University's computer science department is leveraging ideas from other departments in pursuit of more diverse academic candidates.

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown
From ACM News

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown

Corporate America's love affair with all things blockchain may be cooling.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
From ACM News

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing
From ACM TechNews

Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing

A Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer is testing a decentralized blockchain network for processing massive volumes of data produced by the Hubble Space...

Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers
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Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Roboticists from the University of Colorado, Boulder are investigating the use of augmented reality to improve human-robot collaboration.

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto
From ACM Careers

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging...

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots
From ACM Careers

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively...
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