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May 2018


From ACM TechNews

Strain Improves Performance of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Material

Strain Improves Performance of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Material

Researchers significantly enhanced the performance of an atomically thin semiconductor material by stretching it.


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How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.


From ACM Careers

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.


From ACM News

A New Sense for ­nderwater Robots

A New Sense for ­nderwater Robots

Marrja Kruusmaa and her colleagues in Estonia have developed a way for underwater robots to better understand their environment.


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Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars.


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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)—marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide through the ocean without any real-time input from human operators…


From ACM TechNews

Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand

Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand

The Hennes robotic hand streamlines the mechanical design of other myoelectric prosthetics, using sensors that respond to the brain's electrical stimuli to the muscles.


From ACM TechNews

Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills

Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills

Google's DeepMind unit has developed an algorithm that outperforms people in solving a virtual maze.


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W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award

The College of William & Mary's Society of Women in Computing has been named to receive the ACM Outstanding Community Service Award.


From ACM TechNews

Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes

Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes

The HyperTools open source software package leverages mathematical techniques to understand high-dimensional datasets via the underlying geometric structures they reflect.


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Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a mobile application that can identify and track primates in the wild from facial photos.


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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.


From ACM News

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet Research Agency, making it the largest trove of these ads the public…


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Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—­ninstall Now

Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—­ninstall Now

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."


From ACM News

Light Could Make Semiconductor Computers a Million Times Faster or Even Go Quantum

Light Could Make Semiconductor Computers a Million Times Faster or Even Go Quantum


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Randles Named to Receive 2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Randles Named to Receive 2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Duke University professor Amanda Randles has been named the 2017 recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award.


From ACM TechNews

How the Power of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function

How the Power of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function

A novel mathematical method to analyze lung scans could transform diagnosis and assessment of respiratory maladies.


From ACM TechNews

How Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy

How Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy

Researchers have found that even one automated vehicle using connected cruise control on the road among human-driven cars increases safety and reduces energy use.


From ACM TechNews

Sensor Stickers Transform the Human Body Into a Multi-Touch Surface

Sensor Stickers Transform the Human Body Into a Multi-Touch Surface

A new skin sensor allows interaction designers to produce skin-like, sensitive multi-touch sensors for any part of the body.


From ACM News

Why A.I. and Cryptocurrency Are Making One Type of Computer Chip Scarce

Why A.I. and Cryptocurrency Are Making One Type of Computer Chip Scarce

Two technology booms—some people might call them frenzies—are combining to turn a once-obscure type of microprocessor into a must-have but scarce commodity.


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Artificial Intelligence Takes Scientists Inside Living Human Cells

Artificial Intelligence Takes Scientists Inside Living Human Cells

A new application of artificial intelligence could help researchers solve medical mysteries ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's.


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If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth

If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth

Two women helping to lead the tech sector towards greater diversity and inclusion discuss the power of code to advance women from America to Afghanistan.


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New Horizons in Thermoelectric Cooling

New Horizons in Thermoelectric Cooling

Solid-state thermal management offers a viable alternative to vapor-compression cooling systems for some applications.


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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Just Gave the Humble Piece of Paper a Futuristic Redesign

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Just Gave the Humble Piece of Paper a Futuristic Redesign

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device that looks like a normal sheet of paper, but is able to digitally transfer writing to a computer.


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Atomically Thin Magnetic Device Could Lead to New Memory Technologies

Atomically Thin Magnetic Device Could Lead to New Memory Technologies

Researchers from the University of Washington, working with colleagues from four other institutions, encoded information using magnets only a few atomic layers in thickness.


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Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique

Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique

Stanford University scientists have created a quantum version of Newton's cradle to study the emergence of quantum chaos and thermal equilibrium.


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AI Can Spot Signs of Autism in Babies

AI Can Spot Signs of Autism in Babies

Researchers have discovered a way to use artificial intelligence to interpret electroencephalograms to determine the chances of a child having autism spectrum disorder.


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A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?

Google's artificial-intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human when it calls the salon to book a woman's hair appointment.


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AI Recreates Activity Patterns that Brain Cells ­se in Navigation

AI Recreates Activity Patterns that Brain Cells ­se in Navigation


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Senate Intel: Russia Waged '­nprecedented' Cyber Campaign on ­.S. Voting Systems

Senate Intel: Russia Waged '­nprecedented' Cyber Campaign on ­.S. Voting Systems

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks on digital U.S. voting systems ahead of the 2016 presidential election.