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August 2020


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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?


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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.


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Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed suit against Google for allegedly misleading millions of Australian account holders about the use of their personal data.


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Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise

Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise

University of Michigan researchers have reduced the power requirements of neural interfaces by an estimated 90% while enhancing their accuracy in identifying intention.


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Scientists Engineer 3D-Printed Bricks That Aid in Bone, Soft Tissue Repair

Scientists Engineer 3D-Printed Bricks That Aid in Bone, Soft Tissue Repair

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have built three-dimensionally printed bricks that can be used to heal broken bones and damaged soft tissue.


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Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received 572 entries from 82 countries in a contest to generate ideas for replacing traditional spacecraft sensors in its future Venus rover.


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AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy

AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence program to recognize and characterize prostate cancer, achieving the highest accuracy rate to date.


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Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says

Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says

The automaker's Project Artemis aims to overtake Tesla as the industry leader in software.


From Communications of the ACM

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.


From Communications of the ACM

Are We Addicted to Technology?

Are We Addicted to Technology?

Experts agree technology causes some negative behaviors, but they are divided on how bad the problem is.


From Communications of the ACM

Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.