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Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'
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Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'

Researchers are working to acknowledge and understand the "double-bind" for women of color in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories
From ACM TechNews

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories

Ford plans to offer exoskeleton technology to its factory employees worldwide.

New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award
From ACM TechNews

New ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award

ACM has established a new biennial award for a surprising or disruptive breakthrough in computing concepts or technologies.

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
From ACM News

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
From ACM News

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

Thousands of exotic 'Topological' Materials Discovered through Sweeping Search
From ACM News

Thousands of exotic 'Topological' Materials Discovered through Sweeping Search

The already buzzing field of topological physics could be about to explode.

New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level
From ACM TechNews

New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level

IBM has identified a variety of artificial intelligence hacking program that could get past top-tier defensive measures.

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV
From ACM TechNews

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated computer models that can accurately predict the spread of HIV across populations.

'Smart' Machine Components Alert Users to Damage and Wear
From ACM TechNews

'Smart' Machine Components Alert Users to Damage and Wear

Scientists are using three-dimensionally-printed technology to create "smart" machine parts that alert users of damage or wear.

USB Flash Drives for Precise Positioning and Navigation Inside Buildings
From ACM TechNews

USB Flash Drives for Precise Positioning and Navigation Inside Buildings

Researchers in Germany developed a system for navigating inside buildings that can be implemented in minutes.

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
From ACM Careers

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

Bespoke Additive Manufacturing
From ACM News

Bespoke Additive Manufacturing

Three-dimensional printing tailors item to order, even body parts.

Research Identifies Key Weakness in Modern Computer Vision Systems
From ACM TechNews

Research Identifies Key Weakness in Modern Computer Vision Systems

Brown University researchers have demonstrated a flaw in modern computer vision algorithms that hinders them in differentiating between two objects in an image....

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
From ACM News

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives
From ACM Opinion

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world.

'Blurred Face' News Anonymity Gets an AI Spin
From ACM TechNews

'Blurred Face' News Anonymity Gets an AI Spin

Researchers have developed a method of employing artificial intelligence to better obscure the faces of anonymous individuals in news reports.

AI May Put Private Data at Risk
From ACM TechNews

AI May Put Private Data at Risk

Cornell Tech researchers have determined current models of machine learning are vulnerable to privacy leaks and other attacks.

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths
From ACM TechNews

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths

A new optical filter on a chip can process optical signals from across an extremely wide spectrum of light simultaneously.

New Tool Helps Users Control Which Countries Their Internet Traffic Goes Through
From ACM TechNews

New Tool Helps Users Control Which Countries Their Internet Traffic Goes Through

A new tool enables users to redirect their Internet traffic to avoid its passage through a particular country.
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