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March 2019


From ACM TechNews

New Zealand Farmers Have New Tool for Herding Sheep: Drones That Bark Like Dogs

New Zealand Farmers Have New Tool for Herding Sheep: Drones That Bark Like Dogs

New Zealand farmers are using drones to herd livestock.


From ACM News

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets to Spot Critical Security Flaws

At the endless booths of this week's RSA security trade show in San Francisco, an overflowing industry of vendors will offer any visitor an ad nauseam array of "threat intelligence" and "vulnerability management" systems.


From ACM News

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.


From ACM News

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. government for barring its equipment from certain networks, delivering a legal riposte to American accusations it aids China in espionage.


From ACM TechNews

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole

Cisco has advised enterprise users of its wireless virtual private network and firewall routers to immediately install updates to patch a critical flaw.


From ACM TechNews

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts

Taiwanese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time to identify factual errors and alternative interpretations in news posts.


From ACM TechNews

Computing the Future

Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.


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Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs

Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs

Apple is looking to fill more software jobs than hardware jobs for the first time in years.


From ACM News

Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop

Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop

Are people the answer to the robot reliability issue?


From ACM News

Galactic Wind Provides Clues to Evolution of Galaxies

Galactic Wind Provides Clues to Evolution of Galaxies

The Cigar Galaxy (also known as M82) is famous for its extraordinary speed in making new stars, with stars being born 10 times faster than in the Milky Way.


From ACM Opinion

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.


From ACM News

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver listened to a question on stage Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, paused for a moment, and delivered a surprising assessment about some of his league's star players.


From ACM TechNews

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings

Computer-generated imagery traditionally reserved for Hollywood has now become so cheap and easy to use that home sellers are digitally revising their online listings.


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How Georgia Tech is Using GPS Technology to Improve Performance

How Georgia Tech is Using GPS Technology to Improve Performance

The Georgia Institute of Technology football team is using wearable GPS devices to measure a host of actions by each player.


From ACM TechNews

You Won't Need a Car Key Anymore with Hyundai's New 'Digital Key' Technology

You Won't Need a Car Key Anymore with Hyundai's New 'Digital Key' Technology

Hyundai is rolling out a Digital Key with the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles via smartphone.


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Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion

Weather-Responsive Intersections Could Ease Traffic Congestion

Researchers have found that adjusting traffic signals at intersections during snowstorms could reduce traffic delays by as much as 20%.


From ACM TechNews

Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps

Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps

The University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence and the Czech Republic's GoodAI are partnering to launch the Animal-AI Olympics.


From ACM TechNews

McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations

McMaster Engineers Create a Fireproof Sensor to Track Workers in High-Risk Situations

Researchers have developed a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of those who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen.


From ACM News

Uber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

Uber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg as she crossed a multi-lane road in Tempe, Arizona.


From ACM News

Putin Wants His Own Internet

Putin Wants His Own Internet

When anti-government protests erupted on Russia's side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they'd never done before: cut mobile internet service to an entire geographical area.


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Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging

Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging

NASA's Mars InSight lander has a probe designed to dig up to 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface and measure heat coming from inside the planet.


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Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Researchers have developed robots that can demilitarize up to 21 warheads in an eight-hour shift, which equates to 13,524 bomblets being recycled per day.


From ACM TechNews

Immunizing Quantum Computers Against Errors

Immunizing Quantum Computers Against Errors

Researchers used trapped calcium ions to render quantum computers error-proof by generating a periodic oscillatory ionic state that bypasses constraints on measurement accuracy.


From ACM TechNews

Most Laptops Vulnerable to Attack via Peripheral Devices, Say Researchers

Most Laptops Vulnerable to Attack via Peripheral Devices, Say Researchers

Researchers have determined that hackers can potentially hijack an unattended computing device in seconds through peripherals like chargers and docking stations.


From ACM News

Managing with Technology

Managing with Technology

Human Resources departments are taking advantage of the workforce management capabilities provided by artificial intelligence.


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5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors

5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors

The scene on the big display in front of me looks like something from Grey's Anatomy.


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Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.


From ACM News

2019 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

2019 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

The CRA board of directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2019 CRA Awards.


From ACM News

China Is Catching Up to the US on Artificial Intelligence Research

China Is Catching Up to the US on Artificial Intelligence Research

Researchers, companies and countries around the world are racing to explore—and exploit—the possibilities of artificial intelligence technology.


From ACM TechNews

Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip

Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip

Researchers have engineered a four-legged robot modeled after a cheetah, which is able to perform a 360-degree backflip from a standing position.