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December 2020


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Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

IP theft and financial crime account for at least 75% of cyber losses and pose the greatest threat to companies, according to the report.


From ACM TechNews

Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen

Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen

Oliver Wilson at the U.K.'s University of Reading has created a platform for three-dimensionally printing oversized models of pollen grains from high-quality scans


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Study Outlines What Creates Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Technology

Study Outlines What Creates Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Technology

A study has identified the underlying factors that engender racial bias in facial recognition technology.


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Google's AI Can Keep Loon Balloons Flying for Over 300 Days in a Row

Google's AI Can Keep Loon Balloons Flying for Over 300 Days in a Row

An artificially intelligent pilot can keep huge stratospheric balloons aloft in a fixed position for hundreds of days to operate as floating cell towers for remote regions.


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New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt

New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt

Micro Magic's new CPU offers decent performance with record-breaking efficiency.


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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript is now the world's most popular programming language, even though it started off as a sidekick to Java.


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Google Reveals Major Hidden Weakness In Machine Learning

Google Reveals Major Hidden Weakness In Machine Learning

Deep learning algorithms are prone to a previously unknown problem, say a team of computer scientists at Google.


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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.


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Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing

Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing

A machine learning system can be used with voice assistants to detect typing on touchscreens nearby, using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to determine what is being typed.


From ACM TechNews

Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms

Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms

Artificial intelligence algorithms enable the Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand to manipulate objects like humans do.


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Army Computer Models Unveil Secret to Quieter Small Drones

Army Computer Models Unveil Secret to Quieter Small Drones

Researchers demonstrated how aviation specialists can use computational fluid dynamics to facilitate development of quieter unmanned aerial drones.


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Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations

Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations

IBM has found that companies and governments have been targeted by unknown attackers, prompting a warning from the Homeland Security Department.


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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

A team of computer scientists and bioengineers has developed a method of engineering T cells to recognize a specific combination of cancer markers.


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Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems

Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems

Mathematicians have added new symbolic integration functionality to the Sage computerized algebra system.


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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.


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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.


From ACM News

Exploring 'Data Storytelling'

Exploring 'Data Storytelling'

Conversational interfaces provide spoken responses to queries of business databases.


From ACM TechNews

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

New drones are equipped with a deep learning application that improves the images they collect during search and rescue missions to better distinguish people from their surroundings.


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Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay

Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay

Researchers created a system that allows human artists to train robots to sculpt clay, with tools that allow them to emulate artistic styles.
 


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AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos

AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Surrey employed a neural network to render spoken language as sign language.


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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.


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London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved "the protein folding problem," a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.


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A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted

A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted

Researchers have enabled a neural network to rapidly process data, yielding both predictions and confidence levels based on the quality of the available data.


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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic.


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Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease

Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease

New artificial intelligence software integrates neural networks with motion-planning software to enable robots to assist humans in warehouse settings.


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Rethinking Public Broadband

Rethinking Public Broadband

U.S. infrastructure shortcomings re-ignite public/private debate over broadband.


From Communications of the ACM

Technologies for the Visually Impaired

Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.


From Communications of the ACM

Softening Up Robots

Softening Up Robots

Giving robots soft, artificial skin would enable them to work more closely with people.


From Communications of the ACM

Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

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