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April 2018


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Heat-Seeking Cameras Could Help Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

Heat-Seeking Cameras Could Help Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

After Uber's fatal self-driving crash last month in Tempe, Arizona, most observers had two basic question: Why did the car not see Elaine Herzberg crossing the street and stop before hitting her? And how can we stop this happening…


From ACM News

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.


From ACM Careers

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals have fallen short.


From ACM TechNews

How Social Networking Sites May Discriminate Against Women

How Social Networking Sites May Discriminate Against Women

Researchers have shown how two common recommendation algorithms intensify a network effect known as homophily, in which similar or like-minded people cluster together.


From ACM TechNews

Using AI to Detect Heart Disease

Using AI to Detect Heart Disease

Researchers have developed a better way to predict and monitor cardiovascular disease.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Design ‘Soft’ Robots that Can Move on Their Own

Researchers Design ‘Soft’ Robots that Can Move on Their Own

A team of researchers has developed a new class of soft robot that can adapt to the environment.


From ACM News

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says

The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from ABB.


From ACM News

The Hunt for Explainable AI

The Hunt for Explainable AI

Looking for artificial intelligence that can share the basis for its decisions.


From ACM Opinion

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy and well-being.


From ACM News

FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices

FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices

The organization is also looking at launching a public-private safety board to provide analysis and field expertise in a range of technological and clinical subject areas.


From ACM News

Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form

Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form

The genome of the flu virus has been fully sequenced in its native RNA form for the first time. Previously, all influenza genomes—as well as those of other viruses that store their genetic material as RNA—had been determined …


From ACM TechNews

How AR and Computer Mapping are Leading to Safer Medical Procedures

How AR and Computer Mapping are Leading to Safer Medical Procedures

New smartphone technology can create a more accurate human body scan by using augmented reality and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping.


From ACM TechNews

Flexible TVs, High-Performance Wearable Smart Tech One Step Closer

Flexible TVs, High-Performance Wearable Smart Tech One Step Closer

Researchers in the U.K. and China have developed a nanoscale transistor that could be used in flexible televisions, tablets, and phones, as well as in wearable smart technologies.


From ACM TechNews

Intelligent Components for the Power Grid of the Future

Intelligent Components for the Power Grid of the Future

A smart transformer prototype that automatically regulates the current flow in semiconductors made of silicon carbide could be used for better integration of electric car charging stations.


From ACM TechNews

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots

Researchers are studying how artificial intelligence and robotics can be used to improve food preparation, cooking, and delivery.


From ACM TechNews

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

A new method uses existing manufacturing processes to build optics and electronics separately on-chip.


From ACM Careers

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

China is looking to catch up with rivals like the United States and Germany in high-end technology, making a major push with a "Made in China 2025" strategy that identifies 10 key sectors, including robotics, aerospace and clean…


From ACM News

Oral History: Russell Impagliazzo in Conversation with Dick Karp

Oral History: Russell Impagliazzo in Conversation with Dick Karp

In honor of Dick Karp's five years of service as Founding Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.


From ACM TechNews

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

Researchers have programmed a robot to assemble an Ikea chair.


From ACM TechNews

Chip Developed by Brazilian Researchers Will Be Linchpin of LHC Upgrade

Chip Developed by Brazilian Researchers Will Be Linchpin of LHC Upgrade

Researchers in Brazil have designed a chip to upgrade the detection system in the Large Hadron Collider's A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE).


From ACM TechNews

Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Stanford University professor Andrea Goldsmith has received the ACM Athena Lecturer Award.


From ACM TechNews

New Algorithm Locates Fake Users on Social Networks

New Algorithm Locates Fake Users on Social Networks

Researchers have created a generic method to detect fake accounts on most social networks.


From ACM TechNews

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an intuitive, wearable drone control system.


From ACM News

'One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong'

'One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong'

A conversation with virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier on Silicon Valley's politics, being quoted by Mark Zuckerberg, and what went wrong with the Internet.


From ACM News

Cerf, Kahn Among 8 Recognized with Franklin Institute Awards

Cerf, Kahn Among 8 Recognized with Franklin Institute Awards

Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf are among the award recipients, "for enabling the Internet by developing TCP/IP."


From ACM News

How to Blow Up a Star

How to Blow Up a Star

After spending three months trying to blow up a star, Hans-Thomas Janka and his team finally saw what they had been waiting for.


From ACM News

Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

University teams from Beijing and Tokyo also were recognized with gold medals.


From ACM News

Machine Learning's 'Amazing' Ability to Predict Chaos

Machine Learning's 'Amazing' Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the "butterfly effect" makes long-term prediction impossible.


From ACM TechNews

Google Offers New Way to Discover Books, Fun Way to Play With Words

Google Offers New Way to Discover Books, Fun Way to Play With Words

Google recently launched a website to demonstrate the company's progress in semantic search.


From ACM TechNews

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Speed Discovery of Metallic Glass

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Speed Discovery of Metallic Glass

Researchers used artificial intelligence to discover and improve metallic glass faster and less expensively than previous methods.

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