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Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'
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Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'

Researchers have developed a robotic system consisting of ultrasoft liquid robots comprised mainly of water.

Sonic Lift-Off Tech Aims to Reduce Semiconductor Costs
From ACM News

Sonic Lift-Off Tech Aims to Reduce Semiconductor Costs


How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System
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How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System

An information technology director was put on leave for negligence after Suffolk County officials released the results of their investigation.

Elon Musk to Step Down as Twitter CEO Once He Finds 'Someone Foolish' Enough as Successor
From ACM News

Elon Musk to Step Down as Twitter CEO Once He Finds 'Someone Foolish' Enough as Successor

As the owner of Twitter, following his purchase of the company for $44 billion (€41.4 billion) in October, no one could have forced him to step down as CEO.

Jetsons-Style Robots Invading Chicago-Area Hospitals
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Jetsons-Style Robots Invading Chicago-Area Hospitals

Roughly human in shape, Moxi robots have been deployed in at least three Chicago-area hospitals amid a shortage of medical workers.

The Number of Master's Degrees in This Field Nearly Tripled in a Decade
From ACM News

The Number of Master's Degrees in This Field Nearly Tripled in a Decade

While lucrative jobs may be the primary driver of demand in computer science, there are other reasons that students are pouring into these programs.

Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal
From ACM News

Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal

Federal Trade Commission seeks to prevent social-media company from acquiring Within Unlimited.

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022
From Communications of the ACM

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. "was a statesman in the best sense of the word, as well as a great leader, a very kind man, and a fine engineer," said fellow ACM A.M....

Remembering Valérie Issarny
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Valérie Issarny

Computer scientist Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology and chair of the ACM Europe...

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology
From ACM News

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology

The goal of the $20-million smart intersections project is to have intersections communicate with the technology in cars to warn drivers of potential dangers that...

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
From ACM News

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data
From ACM TechNews

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data

Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 38 member-states finalized a framework to limit governments' access to citizens' personal...

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that General Motors' Cruise autonomous robotaxis can brake too quickly or stop moving...

Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks
From ACM News

Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks

Gatekeeper is a macOS security feature that automatically checks all apps downloaded from the Internet if they are notarized and developer-signed (approved by Apple)...

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows
From ACM News

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows

Beijing typically "retaliates fully plus 10 percent," but this time it doesn't seem to have many punitive options.

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
From ACM TechNews

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys
From ACM TechNews

Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys

An international team of scientists led by Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing new techniques to efficiently identify coding errors in embedded systems...

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
From ACM TechNews

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
From ACM TechNews

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...
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