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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Unpacking Black-Box Models
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Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence
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Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

A new machine learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time.

Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves
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Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves

An international research team lleveraged machine learning to model how waves break, which could help improve the design of offshore structures and climate prediction...

An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills
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An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine learning method that enables robots to acquire new skills using a handful of human examples...

Estimating the Informativeness of Data
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Estimating the Informativeness of Data

MIT researchers can now estimate how much information data are likely to contain, in a more accurate and scalable way than previous methods.

Does This AI Think Like a Human?
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Does This AI Think Like a Human?

Scientists have developed the Shared Interest method for rapidly analyzing a machine learning model's behavior by evaluating its individual explanations.

Solving the Challenges of Robotic Pizza-Making
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Solving the Challenges of Robotic Pizza-Making

Researchers have created an architecture for a robotic manipulation system that could teach robots to handle pizza dough.

Fighting Discrimination in Mortgage Lending
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Fighting Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

To help combat discrimination in mortgage lending, a new process can remove bias from the data used to train machine learning models.

Making Quantum Circuits More Robust
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Making Quantum Circuits More Robust

A team led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a framework to make quantum circuits more resilient to noise.

Injecting Fairness into ML Models
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Injecting Fairness into ML Models

Researchers have devleoped a method of incorporating fairness into machine learning models, even if they are trained on unfair data.

A Security Technique to Fool Would-Be Cyberattackers
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A Security Technique to Fool Would-Be Cyberattackers

A new technique to prevent memory timing side-channel attacks by malware exploits memory hardware common to multiple programs running on the same computer.

Toward a Stronger Defense of Personal Data
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Toward a Stronger Defense of Personal Data

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed an integrated circuit chip that can thwart power side-channel attacks using less energy than...

AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach
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AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach

An artificial intelligence model can forecast the binding configuration of two proteins.

A New Language for Quantum Computing
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A New Language for Quantum Computing

Twist is an MIT-developed programming language that can describe and verify which pieces of data are entangled to prevent bugs in a quantum program.

ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing
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ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing

A new machine learning approach could speed up vehicle routing algorithms, which tend to slow down when applied to large urban datasets.

Tiny ML Design Alleviates Bottleneck in Memory Usage on IoT Devices
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Tiny ML Design Alleviates Bottleneck in Memory Usage on IoT Devices

Researchers come up with a machine learning method to reduce the amount of memory required for Internet of Things devices.

Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do
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Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do

The 3D Scene Perception via Probabilistic Programming system helps machines perceive the world in a more human-like manner.

Generating a Realistic 3D World
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Generating a Realistic 3D World

Researchers developed the ThreeDWorld platform to simulate high-fidelity audio and visual environments.

Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery
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Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery

The deep learning GeoMol model can rapidly predict the three-dimensional shapes of drug-like molecules, which could expedite drug discovery.

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures
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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.
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