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September 2019


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Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks.


From ACM TechNews

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other.


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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.


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AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings

AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings

Artificial intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive devices into active observers that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and guns.

For example, if the cameras have a previously captured image …


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Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Google researchers discovered thousands of iPhones have been compromised with sophisticated spyware over the last two years, contradicting assumptions about the rarity of such hacks.


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Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative

Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative

Advancing to Digital 2.0 can help the modern company anticipate the needs of the customer.


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Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

Today, Unix powers iOS and Android—its legend begins with a gator and a trio of researchers.


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3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry

3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry

Researchers have gained new insights into human evolution via digital reconstruction of 3.8-million-year-old fossilized cranium fragments of a hominid from Ethiopia.


From ACM TechNews

Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify

Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify

Scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working to gain a better understanding of what happens within a hurricane during periods of rapid intensification.


From ACM TechNews

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

U.S. companies and universities are developing cybersecurity training facilities that model real-world networks and scenarios to educate staff and evaluate theories about cyberdefense and response strategies.


From ACM TechNews

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test, correctly answering over 90% of the questions.


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Developing Embedded Systems Faster

Developing Embedded Systems Faster

Researchers in a consortium of eight partners from six EU countries have created a platform that makes it possible to develop energy-efficient embedded image processing systems more quickly and less expensively.


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French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System

French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System

A French cryptographer has exposed a security flaw in an electronic voting system to be used in this month's municipal elections in Moscow.


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People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

Google has launched an artificial intelligence-powered tool that automatically detects grammar mistakes while messages are being composed in Gmail, and auto-corrects some common spelling mistakes.
 


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Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm for performing multistep retrosynthesis and predicting the most efficiency synthetic pathways. The algorithm has been extended to libraries of compounds…


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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.


From Communications of the ACM

An Inability to Reproduce

An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.


From Communications of the ACM

Augmented Reality Gets Real

Augmented Reality Gets Real

Formidable optical challenges are yielding to intensive research, development.


From Communications of the ACM

Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive.

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