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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.


Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist
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Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist

"Now we have a new generation of women professors. But this is far from enough."

'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study
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'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

Researchers have developed a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymize an arbitrary dataset.

With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain
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With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

Microsoft has made a $1-billion investment in OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab created by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy
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Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy

The nonprofit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will spend $50 million to fund research at 11 universities on how social media and technology impacts democracy...

Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches
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Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches

Professional basketball teams are starting to use computers and advanced data analytics to help perfect players' jump shots.

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

I Don't Understand My Car
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I Don't Understand My Car

Self-driving cars will need good communication skills.

What Makes a Robot Likable?
From Communications of the ACM

What Makes a Robot Likable?

Interactions with robotics teach us more about people.

Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves
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Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed artificial skin containing physical sensors that can detect pressure, bending, and temperature...

Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging
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Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging

Microsoft and Case Western Reserve University researchers have enhanced the speed and quality of medical imaging with an algorithm designed to work on a future...

Forces Behind Growing Political Polarization in Congress Revealed in New Model
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Forces Behind Growing Political Polarization in Congress Revealed in New Model

Researchers analyzed roll call votes taken in the U.S. Congress to develop a model able to accurately predict changes in polarization in 28 of the 30 U.S. Congresses...

Personal Firewalls
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Personal Firewalls

Researchers find a way to make many implanted medical devices virtually hack-proof.

Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World's Smallest Ant
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Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World's Smallest Ant

Researchers have developed tiny three-dimensionally (3D)-printed robots that move by harnessing vibrations.

The Speediest Quantum Operation Yet
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The Speediest Quantum Operation Yet

Researchers in Australia built the first two-qubit gate between atomic qubits in silicon.

­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops
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­­­U.K. AI Gender Diversity is in 'Crisis' as Number of Female Scientists Drops

A report from innovation foundation Nesta found the ­­U.K.'s artificial intelligence (AI) sector is suffering from a "serious gender diversity crisis," as only...

Twitter 'Fingerprint' Helps Decode How Individuals Respond to Crises
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Twitter 'Fingerprint' Helps Decode How Individuals Respond to Crises

Purdue ­niversity researchers have developed an algorithm that analyzes tweets to better understand how users respond to crises.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Many databases of facial images are compiled by companies and researchers without the knowledge or consent of the owners of those faces.

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

The AI Technique that Could Imbue Machines with the Ability to Reason
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The AI Technique that Could Imbue Machines with the Ability to Reason

Yann LeCun suggested during a recent ACM webinar that unsupervised learning could help deep learning algorithms provide computers with human-like reasoning skills...
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