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June 2020


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Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award

Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Google's Luiz Andre Barroso to receive the 2020 Eckert-Mauchly Award.


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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.


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Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

Germany and France have launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform.


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Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars

Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration Interplanetary Initiative is running a pilot program to assess simulated Mars habitats.


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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.


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Chip for Biomolecule Detection May Help in Covid-19 Testing

Chip for Biomolecule Detection May Help in Covid-19 Testing

Purdue University researchers have built an application-specific integrated circuit chip for early detection of pathogens and viruses.


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Nearly All Google Chrome Security Bugs Involve Memory Flaws

Nearly All Google Chrome Security Bugs Involve Memory Flaws

Google researchers have found that the vast majority of security bugs found in the Chrome browser are related to memory management.


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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Researchers in China have found that fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.


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Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap

Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap

Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Center and quantum computing startup Quantum Brilliance have announced a quantum-supercomputing innovation hub.


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Giving AI Common Sense

Giving AI Common Sense

Can we teach smart machines what is obvious to every 10-year-old?


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Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures

Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures

A new tool allows anyone to render mathematical abstractions as illustrations.


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Evacuating Virtual Buildings

Evacuating Virtual Buildings

Researchers in the Netherlands are studying how virtual reality and augmented reality could help explain the behavior of pedestrians.


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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.


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Apple Fixes Bug That Could Have Given Hackers Full Access to User Accounts

Apple Fixes Bug That Could Have Given Hackers Full Access to User Accounts

The Sign in with Apple tool has fixed a bug that could enable attackers to gain access to email accounts.


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Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning

Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning

Researchers say drones and advanced machine learning can be used to detect improvised explosive devices and butterfly landmines.


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Harvard Professor Receives Prize for Contributions to Theoretical Computer Science

Harvard Professor Receives Prize for Contributions to Theoretical Computer Science

Harvard University professor Cynthia Dwork has been named to receive the 2020 Donald E. Knuth Prize for contributions to theoretical computer science.


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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.


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IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time

IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time

Researchers at IBM have developed a reconfigurable parallel processing system called the IBM Neural Computer.


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You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes

You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes

New software can determine whether your smile is real or faked.


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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette,  and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.


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Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real

Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real

Some improvements to artificial intelligence may come from tweaks rather than core innovations, and some of those gains may not exist at all.


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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.


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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.


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National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

The U.S. National Security Agency last week accused Russian hackers of exploiting a software vulnerability in Linux computers.


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Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding

Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding

New Zealand software firm Rocos announced a partnership with Boston Dynamics to repurpose the latter's four-legged robotic dog for sheep herding.


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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

Police departments in several U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.


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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.


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How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.


From Communications of the ACM

An Animating Spirit

An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work.


From Communications of the ACM

Leveraging Unlabeled Data

Leveraging Unlabeled Data

Deep learning looks for better pretexts.

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