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January 2020


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Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs

Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs

Companies are launching apprenticeship programs to recruit nontraditional staff for entry-level positions in the midst of a technology talent shortage.


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Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study

Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study

Researchers have found the major virtual assistants do not live up to their potential in terms of providing users with reliable, relevant information on medical emergencies.


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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital twins give urban planners, policymakers, resource managers, asset owners, and citizens more dynamic tools and information about their smart cities.


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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.


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DC Water Taps AI for Sewer Line Assessments

DC Water Taps AI for Sewer Line Assessments

A new algorithm helps Washington, D.C., sewer pipe technicians obtain a more-accurate picture of what is happening in the network of pipes running beneath the city.


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Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips

Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips

Opening up part of the chipmaking process could jostle the industry.


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Ginni Rometty to Step Down as C.E.O. of IBM

Ginni Rometty to Step Down as C.E.O. of IBM

Arvind Krishna, who has led the company's cloud computing business, was named the new chief executive.


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Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm

Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm

Researchers have demonstrated a security flaw in the widely used SHA-1 security algorithm that would allow bad actors to fake files and the information within them, and make them look authentic.


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CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest

CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest

Researchers in the U.K. used computed tomography scanning and a three-dimensionally-printed larynx to reproduce the sound from the vocal tract of a 3,000-year-old mummified priest.


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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.


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Soft, Sensitive, and Smart

Soft, Sensitive, and Smart

The future of robotic skin.


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Top ACM TechNews articles of 2019

Top ACM TechNews articles of 2019

One of the most popular topics among the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2019 was, once again, programming and programming languages.


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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected data.


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Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived

Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived

Researchers have met the U.S. DARPA challenge to create next-generation organ-on-a-chip models. 


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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.


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Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another

Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another

New software automatically translates a video of a person speaking in one language into another language, while matching their lip movements to the new words.


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Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot

Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot

The first person diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. is being treated with the help of a robot at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA.


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Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

Pivotal Ventures has announced a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. 


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Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!

Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!

A new open source computer program can advise users to prevent the mixture of incompatible chemicals.


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The Easy Route the Easy Way: Chip Calculates the Shortest Distance in an Instant

The Easy Route the Easy Way: Chip Calculates the Shortest Distance in an Instant

A new chip uses special components to calculate the possible shortest distance to traverse up to 22 cities in a short period of time.


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Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak

Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak

Facebook engineers have accelerated the training of artificial intelligence (AI) agents by eliminating laggards. 


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Foiling IoT Hackers

Foiling IoT Hackers

Cybersecurity specialists are working to head off hackers trying to use the Internet of Things as their gateway into smart homes.


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Scientists Unraveling Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed, Openness

Scientists Unraveling Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed, Openness

Chinese scientists freely released the genetic sequence of a coronavirus 10 days after the first reported case, to help researchers worldwide better understand and combat the pathogen. 


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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.


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A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too

A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too

Portland, ME, has unveiled a technology research institute which local officials hope will drive the local economy.


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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security and other technical issues.


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ACM Signs Open Access Agreements with Leading Universities

ACM Signs Open Access Agreements with Leading Universities

ACM has signed new open access agreements with four major institutional clients.


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Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers

Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers

Virginia school districts are starting to offer high school students dual-enrollment computer science courses that count as credit at local community colleges, to boost their prospects for careers in the field.


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Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps

Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps

A new artificial intelligence model uses satellite imagery to tag road features in digital maps.


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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with simulated three-dimensional environments.

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