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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.


Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots
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Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots

Johns Hopkins University researchers found stimulating people's brains with gentle electric currents could boost their ability to learn in virtual environments....

Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving
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Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving

Mercedes-Benz has received approval to add external turquoise blue lights to its vehicles that indicate when they are in self-driving mode.

Epigenomics Now
From Communications of the ACM

Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?
From Communications of the ACM

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?

Generative artificial intelligence and the law: there is no turning back.

ACM Publications Finances for 2022
From Communications of the ACM

ACM Publications Finances for 2022

Achieving a balance between mission, sustainability, and growth is without question ACM's greatest challenge as we transition to a fully Open Access model over...

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests
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Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed a method for tracing the smuggling routes of pangolins using DNA tests.

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids
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Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University have developed a hearing aid system with sound directionality.

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism
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Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism

Researchers have demonstrated the use of AI to screen for and determine the severity of autism in children and teens based on images of their retinas.

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States
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Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States

The tech giant will pay $700 million and allow app makers to collect payments directly in a settlement it hopes will help resolve other legal challenges.

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
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Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.

Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem
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Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem

They had to throw away most of what it produced, but there was gold among the garbage.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Turns Thoughts into Text
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AI Turns Thoughts into Text

A portable, non-invasive system can transform an individual's thoughts into text.

Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga
From ACM News

Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga

Apple takes preventative measures to protect its customers. Beeper claims Apple's latest move does just the opposite.

The Year A.I. Ate the Internet
From ACM News

The Year A.I. Ate the Internet

Call 2023 the year many of us learned to communicate, create, cheat, and collaborate with robots.

VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research
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VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research

Northwestern University researchers developed virtual reality goggles for mice.

Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber
From ACM TechNews

Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle.

Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award
From ACM TechNews

Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award

Hanan Samet was honored with the inaugural Lifetime Impact Award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL).

A Drone with Ears
From ACM TechNews

A Drone with Ears

Researchers developed a microphone array that can be added to drones, along with cameras, to help locate disaster victims.

Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors
From ACM TechNews

Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors

Researchers showed that guided acoustic wave sensors can enable networks of independent robots to inspect large pipe structures for defects.
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