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November 2022


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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.


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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.


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Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research

Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research

The University of Buffalo's (UB) Yubie robot dog is used as both for research and as an educational tool.


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Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator

Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator

New research found an individual's trust in online content moderation systems depends on whether the moderator is human or artificial intelligence, and the type of harassing content.


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Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Researchers analyzed Facebook posts to differentiate language associated with depression and with loneliness.


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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.


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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.


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Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes

Female Politicians Disadvantaged by Online Prejudices, Stereotypes

Scientists at Denmark's University of Copenhagen (KU) has found widespread online gender bias to be a disadvantage for female politicians.


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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer service.


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Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot

Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot

"Who's at fault, man or machine?"


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Elon Musk's Twitter Faces Exodus of Advertisers and Executives

Elon Musk's Twitter Faces Exodus of Advertisers and Executives

At least five Twitter executives have left in recent days, as one of the world's largest ad companies said clients should pause spending on the social media platform.


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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal complaint.


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Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King

Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King

The new Twitter owner has fired back at the author, whose horrified "f*** that" reaction to a plan to charge for a verification went viral: "We need to pay the bills somehow! ... How about $8?"


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Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Experiments conducted by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may strengthen quantum computing with liquid-like electrons called parafermions.


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Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders

Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders

Researchers at Canada's University of Toronto are leveraging microelectronics and artificial intelligence to make neural implants smarter and safer.


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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.


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Small Sensors for Big Challenges

Small Sensors for Big Challenges

Shwetak Patel hopes to build something that could impact the lives of a billion people.


From Communications of the ACM

Go Backward, Save Energy

Go Backward, Save Energy

Reversible computing principles point a way toward more efficient computers.


From Communications of the ACM

The Impact of Virtual Meetings

The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.


From Communications of the ACM

Applying the Metaverse

Applying the Metaverse

Business, entertainment, and fashion companies already are staking their claims in this enhanced virtual world.

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