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September 2019


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Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol

Google Draws House Antitrust Scrutiny of Internet Protocol

Congressional antitrust investigators are vetting Google's plans to use a new Internet protocol out of worry it could limit competitors' access to consumer data.


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Smart Cities Could Give Visually Impaired New Outlook on Urban Life

Smart Cities Could Give Visually Impaired New Outlook on Urban Life

Smart-city projects promise to enhance the quality of life for the visually impaired, with Poland's Virtual Warsaw initiative a case in point.


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When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning

When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning

A study by U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Central Florida found that human confidence in robots decreases after a robot makes a mistake, even when its reasoning process is transparent.

 


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Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

A report from the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village conference described the discovery of a hack for commandeering ballot-scanning machines similar to those soon to be deployed in Georgia.


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Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs

Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs

Scientists in the U.K. have built a virtual airport environment in order to find ways to improve the air travel experience for passengers with mobility restrictions.


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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

Huawei Technologies' membership in the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams has been suspended.


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At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

Researchers have found that governments worldwide are stepping up their online disinformation campaigns despite more aggressive regulatory efforts by Internet platforms and governments.


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Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under

Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under

High-tech aerial drones known as "croc spotters," which patrol along riverbeds to detect crocodiles, recently were tested in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.


From ACM News

Number Theorist Fears All Published Math Is Wrong

Number Theorist Fears All Published Math Is Wrong

"I think there is a non-zero chance that some of our great castles are built on sand," he said, arguing that we must begin to rely on AI to verify proofs.


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Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking

Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking

Michigan State University's Thomas Holt identified characteristics and gender-specific behavioral patterns that could inspire children to become hackers.


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U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip

U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories will be among the first organizations to deploy artificial intelligence computers built from the largest-ever silicon chip.


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Research Suggests How Environmental Toxin Produced by Algae May Lead to ALS

Research Suggests How Environmental Toxin Produced by Algae May Lead to ALS

Pennsylvania State University researchers used a digital simulation to explore how a toxin generated by saltwater algae might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.


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IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer

IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer

IBM announced the forthcoming launch of a 53-quantum-bit (qubit) quantum computer, for use by IBM Q Network clients.


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Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance

Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance

University of Virginia researchers have built a fish-inspired robot that can swim as fast as actual fish, and faster than similar robots.


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Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the German government is too dependent on the software of just a few software providers.


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U.S. Government Urged to Boost R&D Spending

U.S. Government Urged to Boost R&D Spending

The nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank has called on the U.S. government to invest an additional $40 billion annually in technology research and development.


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Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones

Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.


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Virtual Human Hand Simulation Holds Promise for Prosthetics, VR, Education

Virtual Human Hand Simulation Holds Promise for Prosthetics, VR, Education

Researchers integrated visual effects techniques and magnetic resonance imaging to create an ultra-realistic animated simulation of the human hand in motion.


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Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Israeli cybersecurity firms Check Point and Intezer have charted Russian hackers' toolkits from wide-ranging analysis of 2,500 malware samples.


From ACM News

Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.


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PRACE Research Conducts Computer Simulations to Study Properties of Nanosized Particles

PRACE Research Conducts Computer Simulations to Study Properties of Nanosized Particles

A doctoral dissertation at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland demonstrated how computer models of nanosized particles predicted the atomic structure of a cluster of 11 gold atoms.


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A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp

A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp

A new dynamic gripper mimics the adjustable grip of the human hand, a breakthrough that could improve industrial safety.


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Criminologist Builds Computer Model for More Efficient Police Patrols

Criminologist Builds Computer Model for More Efficient Police Patrols

Analysis by University of Texas at Dallas assistant professor of criminology Andrew Wheeler yielded a computer model to guide the Carrollton, TX, police department in optimizing patrol beats.


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AI Helps Shrink Amazon Dams' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

AI Helps Shrink Amazon Dams' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A model developed by a Cornell University-led research team uses artificial intelligence to find the most promising configurations of dam sites to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Amazon basin.


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These States Benefit Most From the Software Industry

These States Benefit Most From the Software Industry

A report by the Software.org:BSA Foundation found that the U.S. software industry is growing twice as fast as the nation's economy.


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World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech

World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech

China is the global leader in surveillance technologies, although other countries are catching up, according to a study by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop autonomous vehicles.


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Introducing a Virtual Planet Simulator for Modeling Distant Worlds Across Time

Introducing a Virtual Planet Simulator for Modeling Distant Worlds Across Time

The University of Washington's Rory Barnes has developed software for modeling planetary evolution over time.


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ACM Forms Global Technology Policy Council

ACM Forms Global Technology Policy Council

ACM has established a new Technology Policy Council to coordinate its policy initiatives worldwide.


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Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2019

Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2019

The Aristotle Award was initiated in 1995 to recognize professors who best contribute to the development of the industry's most valuable resource, its human resource. 

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