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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots
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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
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Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose
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Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose

After analyzing more than 1 million samples of Android malware, researchershave found that malware coding is being hidden more cleverly.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
From ACM TechNews

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
From ACM News

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
From ACM TechNews

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

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...

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
From ACM TechNews

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
From ACM News

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence
From ACM TechNews

Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence

A coalition of global companies is urging U.S. lawmakers to fund research into next-generation technology.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

Israel to Launch 'Cyber Defense Shield' for Health Sector
From ACM TechNews

Israel to Launch 'Cyber Defense Shield' for Health Sector

Israeli Health Ministry official Reuven Eliahu said Israel has developed a "cyber defense shield" to provide real-time protection from attacks on that nation’s...

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home
From ACM TechNews

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home

A study by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada warns that China's multipurpose WeChat application is monitoring foreign users to strengthen government...

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic

An app designed by a Japanese teenager uses GPS so people can use their iPhones to track their whereabouts and help with contract tracing during the coronavirus...

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators
From ACM TechNews

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators

A virtual reality Vappu (May Day) concert in Helsinki, Finland, drew 1.4 million spectators.

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications
From ACM TechNews

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications

The Europe Technology Policy Committee of ACM has detailed essential principles and practices for policymakers about deploying COVID-19 contact tracing systems....

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
From ACM TechNews

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...
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