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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.


Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence?
From ACM Opinion

Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence?

In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. "Beam us up, beam us up!" Kirk shouted in desperation...

Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World
From ACM Careers

Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World

Take a video of a birthday cake's candles sparkling in an Instagram story, then tap the sticker button. Near the top of the list you'll see a slice of birthday...

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn
From ACM TechNews

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn

Researchers are constructing a device "inspired by the brain to generate the properties that enable the brain to do what it does."

Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated
From ACM TechNews

Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated

A new report warns of cybersecurity measures undermining personal rights and freedoms through censorship and other means if "multilateral" government policies continue...

Real or Fake? Creating Fingers to Protect Identities
From ACM TechNews

Real or Fake? Creating Fingers to Protect Identities

Michigan State University researchers have designed and created a fake finger containing multiple properties of human skin.

Robot Judges? Edmonton Research Crafting Artificial Intelligence for Courts
From ACM TechNews

Robot Judges? Edmonton Research Crafting Artificial Intelligence for Courts

University of Alberta professor Randy Goebel's team in Canada is working with researchers in Japan to develop artificial intelligence software for legal reasoning...

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain
From ACM TechNews

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain

A new report suggests women may be more inclined to drop out of certain STEM fields when they get low grades in stereotypically male disciplines..

Digital Hearing
From Communications of the ACM

Digital Hearing

Advances in audio processing help separate the conversation from background noise.

Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Here
From ACM News

Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Here

Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it's important not to lose sight of smaller improvements...

Autonomous Vehicles' Future May Be Further Away, Different Than Imagined
From ACM TechNews

Autonomous Vehicles' Future May Be Further Away, Different Than Imagined

Experts think autonomous vehicles (AVs) may arrive later than expected, or in a different form than most people anticipate. Ben McKeever with California PATH says...

Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning
From ACM TechNews

Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning

Apple says the inclusion of its Face ID technology in the upcoming iPhone X will make smartphone unlocking, payment, and other operations possible via facial recognition...

An Extra Challenge in a Crisis: Dealing With Rare Languages
From ACM TechNews

An Extra Challenge in a Crisis: Dealing With Rare Languages

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute are building machine-learning systems to quickly translate any of the world's...

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains
From ACM News

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch
From ACM TechNews

Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch

Rubberized electronics and sensors that function normally when stretched up to half of their length could operate as artificial skin on robots.

Congressional Redistricting Less Contentious When Resolved Using Computer Algorithm
From ACM TechNews

Congressional Redistricting Less Contentious When Resolved Using Computer Algorithm

Researchers at the University of Illinois have proposed a computer algorithm that could ease congressional districting and make the process fairer for constituents...

Inside the Equifax Hack
From ACM TechNews

Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

Connecting Up the Global Quantum Internet
From ACM TechNews

Connecting Up the Global Quantum Internet

Researchers say they have taken a major step in building the practical components of a global quantum Internet.

Kathy Yelick Charts the Promise and Progress of Exascale Science
From ACM TechNews

Kathy Yelick Charts the Promise and Progress of Exascale Science

ACM Fellow Kathy Yelick of the University of California, Berkeley, discusses the scientific applications fueling exascale computing.

Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans
From ACM News

Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans

Everyone knows that distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the "other people/not me" category of personal risk assessment among drivers.
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