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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.


Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'
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Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'

Scientists taught an algorithm to better predict an individual's tastes in wines.

Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots
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Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots

A research team developed a tool that uses large language models to code new tasks for robots, which it then simulates.

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.

Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom
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Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom

Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues developed a robot system to efficiently pick up strewn clothes.

Outdated Password Practices are Widespread
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Outdated Password Practices are Widespread

Researchers say a majority of the world’s most popular websites put users and their data at risk by failing to meet minimum password requirement standards.

Apple to Make It Easier to Text Between iPhones, Androids
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Apple to Make It Easier to Text Between iPhones, Androids

Apple will adopt a technological standard next year that will allow text messaging to operate more smoothly between its iOS devices and Android devices.

Revamping Python for an AI World
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Revamping Python for an AI World

Mojo has the same syntax as Python, but runs up to 35,000 times faster.

How Meta Is Monetizing the Decline of Facebook
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How Meta Is Monetizing the Decline of Facebook

Meta's goal is to get more people to use more of its apps and to monetize those people to the greatest extent possible.

Engineers Are on a Failure-Finding Mission
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Engineers Are on a Failure-Finding Mission

An algorithm developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers aims to identify potential failures in simulated autonomous systems prior to their real...

Kids with Disabilities Are Gamers, Too
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Kids with Disabilities Are Gamers, Too

Students developed prototype assistive technologies that could enable children with cerebral palsy to play video games.

Vision via Sound for the Blind
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Vision via Sound for the Blind

Scientists have created "acoustic touch" technology that uses sound to help blind people "see."

Smart Scalpel Helps Doctors Hone Surgical Skills
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Smart Scalpel Helps Doctors Hone Surgical Skills

A smart scalpel developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh measures the amount of force applied during surgical procedures and could facilitate...

The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off
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The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off

Automaker General Motors has released a suite of open source application programming interfaces so software developers can build apps that integrate with connected...

Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy
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Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy

OpenAI now lets outsiders tweak what its chatbot does. A new paper says that can lead to trouble.

Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It
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Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It

A team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University developed a way to produce clear images of anyone's internal anatomy, no matter their skin tone.

Glasses Transcribe Speech in Real Time
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Glasses Transcribe Speech in Real Time

Several companies have started marketing "live-captioning glasses" to help hearing-impaired users communicate by overlaying real-time transcribed speech on the...

Disney Packs Big Emotion into Little Robot
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Disney Packs Big Emotion into Little Robot

A team of Disney Research scientists last week unveiled a bipedal robotic character combining a child-size frame with stubby legs, wiggling antennae, and an expressive...

AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers
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AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers

A study by independent U.K. biologist Sholto David found that artificial intelligence can identify image manipulation in research papers faster and more accurately...

Bilingual Game App Aims to Stave Off Dementia
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Bilingual Game App Aims to Stave Off Dementia

A multilingual app developed by researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design aims to use gamification to help ward off dementia in older adults...

Microscopy Image Segmentation via Point and Shape Regularized Data Synthesis
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Microscopy Image Segmentation via Point and Shape Regularized Data Synthesis

Researchers applied a new segmentation network trained by point annotations and synthetically produced image-segmentation pairs to microscopy images.
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