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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.


This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop ThereĀ 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop ThereĀ 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent
From ACM TechNews

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants
From ACM TechNews

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect
From ACM TechNews

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.

Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review
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Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review

Although the global scientific community is becoming more diverse, developing ways to make certain peer reviewers are true "peers" is lagging behind.

Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations
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Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations

E-commerce giant is expected to make announcement on HQ2 cities as soon as Tuesday.

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills
From ACM TechNews

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills

A new study predicts demand for information technology workers will outstrip supply, due to growth in digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and few workers...

'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind
From ACM TechNews

'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind

Researchers are about to launch a supercomputer designed to mimic the human brain.

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
From ACM TechNews

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu
From ACM TechNews

Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu

The Canadian restaurant industry has been more significantly transformed by technology in the last five years than in the preceding 50.

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride
From ACM TechNews

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride

Travel and tourism firms are deploying next-generation technologies such as robots, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality to improve the...

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
From ACM TechNews

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology
From ACM TechNews

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology

A project to track Zika-carrying mosquitoes across Puerto Rico is developing solutions that could help other parts of the world cope with mosquito-borne diseases...

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce
From ACM TechNews

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology
From ACM TechNews

Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is calling for researchers to specify the potentially negative societal aspects of artificial intelligence technologies, as...

Hyundai Brings Wearable Robotics to Factories
From ACM TechNews

Hyundai Brings Wearable Robotics to Factories

The Hyundai Motor Group plans to expand the use of wearable robots at its manufacturing facilities, even as it aims to grow robotics as a source of revenue.

Weighing the Impact of GDPR
From Communications of the ACM

Weighing the Impact of GDPR

The EU data regulation will affect computer, Internet, and technology usage within and outside the EU; how it will play out remains to be seen.

Recruiting With Virtual Reality
From ACM News

Recruiting With Virtual Reality

As the market for new employees grows increasingly competitive, some recruiters use virtual reality applications to attract qualified candidates.

The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government
From ACM TechNews

The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government

White House officials has been meeting with technology giants to try to persuade them to allow their employees to take leaves of absence to help modernize government...
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