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January 2021


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LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

Lambda allows users to define new functions written in Excel's own formula language.


From ACM TechNews

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

A team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chess engine that is trained to play like, rather than beat, humans.


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Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Cybersecurity analysts are in great demand thanks to the surge in remote work due to the pandemic; hiring more women can help narrow the talent gap.


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They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

Companies inspired by the cryptocurrency are creating social networks, storing online content and hosting websites without any central authority.


From ACM TechNews

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

In a survey of information technology leaders, 41% of respondents expect artificial intelligence to take over their roles by 2030.


From ACM TechNews

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models.


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MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab.


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'Are You Real?'

'Are You Real?'

An ecosystem is emerging for ‘digital human’ development.


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Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source leaders are trying to find more support for their open-source approach by creating the Organization for Ethical Source.


From ACM TechNews

How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete

How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete

Special three-dimensional printing patterns designed by researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  were inspired by lobster shells.


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Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.


From ACM TechNews

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Scientists have developed a validation protocol for simulations of the atomic structure of an interface between a solid metallic oxide and liquid water.


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DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

Researchers have uncovered seven vulnerabilities that affect Dnsmasq, a domain name system forwarding client for *NIX-based operating systems.


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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.


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On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

Robot technology in many ways hassurpassed the vision presented in Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), which introduced the word "robot" a century ago.


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How England Implemented its Computer Science Education Program

How England Implemented its Computer Science Education Program

Computer science concepts have been part of the official English curriculum for over a decade, but reforms have encouraged wider participation in the last six years.


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Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News

Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News

The agreement comes after several months of talks between Google France and France's Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale.


From ACM TechNews

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Researchers at Texas A&M University and the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh have developed a system that uses machine learning to optimize the timing of traffic signals.


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Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites

Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites

A robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton mimics the efficient swimming movements of the moon jellyfish.


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Fake Collaboration Apps Steal Data as Staff Struggle with Home-Working Security

Fake Collaboration Apps Steal Data as Staff Struggle with Home-Working Security

According to cybersecurity company Wandera's Cloud Security Report 2021, malware attacks increasingly targeted remote workers last year.


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Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Researchers at Facebook claim to have developed software that can forecast the probability of a Covid-19 patient's symptoms escalating, based on their chest x-rays.


From ACM TechNews

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

A new optical flow-based learning process lets robots calculate distances through the visual appearance of objects in view.


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Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close

Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close

Begun nearly a decade ago, Loon was one of the company's high-profile, cutting-edge efforts. But it was difficult to turn into a business.


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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020

Once again, the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2020 included more than a bit of coverage on  programming and programming languages.


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How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine

How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have spent the past five years working to upgrade to the large hadron collider, the largest particle accelerator ever built.


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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will give it a competitive edge.


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Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices

Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices

Investigators with Google's Project Zero exploit research team uncovered a hacking campaign that used four zero-day exploits to install malware on Android and Windows devices.


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AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

A prototype artificial intelligence developed by Colorado State University researchers could train dogs while their owners are out.


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Superintelligent AI May Be Impossible to Control; That's the Good News

Superintelligent AI May Be Impossible to Control; That's the Good News

Postcard from the 23rd century: Not even possible to know if an AI is superintelligent, much less stop it.


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Spotting High-Risk Behavior Online

Spotting High-Risk Behavior Online

Using machine learning to identify signs of dangerous behavior on social media.

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