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December 2022


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'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them

'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them

A new report suggests where 20 newly created research centers could best revitalize struggling economies and accelerate new technologies


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We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity

We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity

We know the problems and the answers. So why do so few organizations act?


From ACM News

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber checks that a driver's face matches what the company has on file through a program called "Real-Time ID Check."


From ACM News

The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward

The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward

The implosion of the exchange FTX shows how an industry built in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has drifted far from its original ideals.


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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.

 


From ACM TechNews

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.


From ACM TechNews

Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers

Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers

Researchers tested Facebook's automated moderation system by submitting ads around Election Day that contained direct threats against election workers.


From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe

Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe

An international team of researchers has engineered the most accurate supercomputer animation of the cosmos' early evolution to date.


From ACM News

Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics

Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics

Automating some warehouse functions could let the giant do more with its existing workforce—or the retailer may not require all the humans it employs today.


From ACM TechNews

We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton

We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton

ACM A.M. Turing award recipient Geoffrey Hinton envisions a "mortal" neuromorphic computer combining hardware and software.


From ACM TechNews

Why Researchers Are Teaching AI to Play Minecraft

Why Researchers Are Teaching AI to Play Minecraft

OpenAI has developed a Minecraft-playing bot that can build pixelated tools and buildings in the game via a combination of imitation and reinforcement learning.


From ACM TechNews

Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer

Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer

Physicists created a quantum experiment to study the dynamics of a specific type of theoretical wormhole that can predict quantum gravity.


From ACM News

Hundreds of Scam Predatory Loan Platforms Found on App Stores

Hundreds of Scam Predatory Loan Platforms Found on App Stores

App store comment sections were overrun with users saying they were hit with hidden fees, high interest rates, and predatory repayment terms after they signed up for the loans.


From ACM News

How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

Bankman-Fried and his colleagues spent more than $530 million to battle what they saw as the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now those efforts are reeling.


From ACM News

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Twitter's defense of its legal immunity and ability to moderate comes as its new owner, Elon Musk, has been rapidly shifting the platform's content policy.


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China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests

China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests

Online regulators tell big tech companies to expand censorship of information on demonstrations and take steps to curb the virtual private networks used to bypass online controls.


From ACM News

New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x

New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x

Neural rendering harnesses machine learning to paint pixels.


From ACM News

E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules

E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules

Musk has signaled an interest in rolling back many of Twitter's previous rules meant to combat misinformation.


From ACM News

Scientists Use Quantum Computing to Create Glass that Cuts the Need for AC by a Third

Scientists Use Quantum Computing to Create Glass that Cuts the Need for AC by a Third

Quantum computing, machine learning, and contact lens polymers combined to dramatically reduce energy costs.


From ACM News

Musk Says 'Misunderstanding' With Apple Is Resolved

Musk Says 'Misunderstanding' With Apple Is Resolved

Musk, who had said the company was trying to sabotage Twitter, met with Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, on Wednesday.


From Communications of the ACM

Preserving the Past with Immersive Technologies

Preserving the Past with Immersive Technologies

Digital technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and holograms allow museums and other institutions to preserve historical events and tell stories in an engaging way.


From Communications of the ACM

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward

Drawing inspiration from nature to enable complex behaviors.


From Communications of the ACM

Quantum Computers and the Universe

Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

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