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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.


Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.

Detecting Deception
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Detecting Deception

Advanced machine learning algorithms can spot lying even better than a polygraph.

Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients
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Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients

A new robotic neck brace could help doctors evaluate the impact of cancer treatments on neck mobility, and guide patients' recovery.

As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards
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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards

Investors have poured $12.2 billion into cybersecurity companies so far this year, nearly $2 billion more than the total for all of 2020.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.
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QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don't want to give them up.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI
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Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this...

The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills
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Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills

A new robotic cutting simulator replicates the forces acting on a knife slicing through foods.

Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste
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Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste

Researchers developed an artificial neural network-based rapid trajectory design algorithm to address the removal of space debris.

Better Security Through Obfuscation
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Better Security Through Obfuscation

The quest to find greater security through obscurity.

Fixing the Internet
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Fixing the Internet

Internet security was once based on trust and needs to be updated.

The Unionization of Technology Companies
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The Unionization of Technology Companies

New unions could change how tech giants engage with their employees.

Upholding ACM's Principles
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Upholding ACM's Principles

Repeated ethical violations ends with membership revocation and ban.

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam
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Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking Webcam

Researchers uncovered a security feature bypass vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows Hello system that permitted them to manipulate a USB webcam to unlock a Windows...

Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL
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Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL

While data scientists might be creating clever data visualizations, many decision makers still don't understand stories told through data.

Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy
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Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy

Money is pouring into autonomous trucking startups, just as many are souring on the short-term prospects for self-driving cars.

Virtual Reality Has Arrived in the Art World. Now What?
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Virtual Reality Has Arrived in the Art World. Now What?

Virtual reality art is pouring out of the museum and onto your phone.
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