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December 2021


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Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

"Social determinants of health have really come to the forefront in terms of who has been most greatly impacted."


From ACM TechNews

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.


From ACM TechNews

Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

On-chip frequency shifters can convert light in the gigahertz frequency range using continuous and single-tone microwaves.


From ACM TechNews

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.


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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.


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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

What does that mean?


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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.


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Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

The takedowns described in the company's monthly threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating.


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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.


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Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

A relatively simple quantum computer design that uses a single atom to manipulate photons could be constructed with currently available components.


From ACM TechNews

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

As many as seven in 10 cryptocurrency trades on popular exchanges worldwide may involve people purchasing from themselves to inflate prices artificially.


From ACM TechNews

Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

A new U.K. government standard for transparency requires ministers and public entities to disclose the underlying architecture of algorithms they use for decision-making.


From ACM TechNews

Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers

Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers

Engineers have proposed a simpler design for quantum computers by harnessing a laser to manipulate an atom and alter photonic states through quantum teleportation.


From ACM TechNews

U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills

U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills

A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that nearly a third of the U.S. workforce has limited or no digital skills.


From ACM TechNews

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a wearable mobile mapping system.


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U.K. Competition Watchdog Orders Meta to Sell Giphy

U.K. Competition Watchdog Orders Meta to Sell Giphy

Experts said the decision by the regulator was a significant one.


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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.


From Communications of the ACM

Trouble at the Source

Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.


From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."


From Communications of the ACM

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.