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October 2018


From ACM News

Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy

Europe and ­S Lock Horns on Transatlantic Privacy

Europe's effort to export its tough privacy rules around the world is about to run into a wall of U.S. resistance.


From ACM TechNews

Virtual Reality Can Boost Empathy

Virtual Reality Can Boost Empathy

New research suggests virtual reality can boost empathy, especially toward marginalized groups.


From ACM TechNews

A Tech Investor Brought Cellphone Voting to West Virginia, Igniting Debate About Access and Security

A Tech Investor Brought Cellphone Voting to West Virginia, Igniting Debate About Access and Security

A former political operative and Uber investor is funding an effort to allow West Virginians serving in the military or living abroad to cast absentee ballots via a cellphone app.


From ACM TechNews

The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers

The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers

U.S. corporations and universities could face a major shortage of qualified quantum computing scientists unless immigration policies and priorities change.


From ACM TechNews

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

A robot recently addressed the U.K.'s Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence in British education.


From ACM TechNews

Electric Chewing Gum Zaps Your Tongue to Create a Virtual Flavor Hit

Electric Chewing Gum Zaps Your Tongue to Create a Virtual Flavor Hit

Researchers have developed a piece of chewing gum equipped with piezoelectric elements and electrodes that stimulate taste buds as long as it is chewed.


From ACM TechNews

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

A new system uses reflected wireless signals to identify occupants within a home, even when they are not carrying mobile devices.


From ACM News

Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?

Google Wants China. Will Chinese ­sers Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials. It will take more than a government nod for Google to succeed, however…


From ACM News

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant to come back to Earth—should dream big and visit as many places on the red planet as possible, scientists concluded on 18 October.


From ACM TechNews

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet.


From ACM TechNews

­sing Smartphone Cameras to Track Alertness

­sing Smartphone Cameras to Track Alertness

A new tool tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photos taken whenever a user unlocks their smartphone.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers ­nveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery

Researchers ­nveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery

A new artificial intelligence system uses patient data to predict whether patients are at risk of abnormally low blood oxygen (hypoxia) during surgery.


From ACM TechNews

3D Printers Have Fingerprints, a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns, Counterfeit Goods

3D Printers Have Fingerprints, a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns, Counterfeit Goods

University at Buffalo researchers have outlined the first accurate technique for tracing a three-dimensionally printed object to the machine that produced it.


From ACM TechNews

Cities Are ­sing New Cloud Technology to Fight Increasingly Expensive Catastrophic Flooding

Cities Are ­sing New Cloud Technology to Fight Increasingly Expensive Catastrophic Flooding

New companies are turning to cloud technology to help cities better manage catastrophic flooding.


From ACM Careers

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up.


From ACM News

MIT Finds a Smarter Way to Fight Spectre-style CPU Attacks

MIT Finds a Smarter Way to Fight Spectre-style CPU Attacks

DAWG offers more security without a steep performance hit.


From ACM News

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters.


From ACM News

Nvidia ­pdates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GP­

Nvidia ­pdates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GP­

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon almost 50 years ago, but some conspiracy theorists don't believe that it actually happened.


From ACM News

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

In order to achieve the edge computing that people talk about in a host of applications including 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT), you need to pack a lot of processing power into comparatively small devices.


From ACM News

2018 Packard Fellowships Include 2 Computer Scientists

2018 Packard Fellowships Include 2 Computer Scientists

Packard Fellowships are among the largest nongovernmental fellowships in the U.S., designed with minimal constraints on how the funding is used.


From ACM TechNews

Open Source Platform Launched to Help Bring GP­ Acceleration to Data Analytics

Open Source Platform Launched to Help Bring GP­ Acceleration to Data Analytics

Several collaborating organizations have launched a new open source platform for data science and machine learning.


From ACM TechNews

Hackers Hide Cryptocurrency Mining Malware in Adobe Flash Updates

Hackers Hide Cryptocurrency Mining Malware in Adobe Flash Updates

Palo Alto Networks researchers have discovered a fake Flash updater that installs a malicious cryptocurrency mining bot.


From ACM News

Detecting Mental Illness by Watching You Type

Detecting Mental Illness by Watching You Type

Show us how you type, and artificial intelligence may be able to identify whether you suffer from a brain disorder.


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These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos, for Now

These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos, for Now

For weeks, computer scientist Siwei Lyu had watched his team's deepfake videos with a gnawing sense of unease.


From ACM News

Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections

The election interference that came to define the 2016 presidential race hasn't stopped.


From ACM TechNews

Neural Networks Don't ­nderstand What Optical Illusions Are

Neural Networks Don't ­nderstand What Optical Illusions Are

Researchers have found that machine vision systems cannot process optical illusions in the same way humans can.


From ACM TechNews

High-Performance Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices

High-Performance Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices

A new flexible transparent hierarchical nanocomposite film can be used to create a high-performance, transparent nanoforce touch sensor for wearable computing devices.


From ACM TechNews

Stringent Password Policies Help Prevent Fraud, I­ Study Finds

Stringent Password Policies Help Prevent Fraud, I­ Study Finds

Researchers have found that requiring longer, more complicated passwords lowers the likelihood of password reuse on multiple websites.


From ACM TechNews

Felten Confirmed as Member of ­.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Felten Confirmed as Member of ­.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of computer science and public affairs professor Ed Felten to the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.


From ACM TechNews

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Researchers have trained a neural network to reconstruct human acrobatics in YouTube video clips and manipulate a simulated humanoid to ape those movements.