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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.


Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker
From ACM Opinion

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?
From ACM TechNews

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?

A new supercomputing algorithm can determine whether state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, with the potential of reshaping U.S. electoral politics...

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.

Scientists Develop a Novel Algorithm Inspired by Bee Colonies to Help Dismantling Criminal Social Networks
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Develop a Novel Algorithm Inspired by Bee Colonies to Help Dismantling Criminal Social Networks

Researchers have developed an algorithm designed to counter both physical and virtual threats to social networks.

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble
From ACM TechNews

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble

Researchers have developed a statistical scheme that detects when senior citizens or others need help after falling.

Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research

Climate change researchers are aggressively pushing for the incorporation of machine learning within their field.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
From ACM Careers

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Tool Checks Computer Architectures, Reveals Flaws in Emerging Design
From ACM TechNews

Tool Checks Computer Architectures, Reveals Flaws in Emerging Design

Researchers at Princeton University have discovered a series of errors in the RISC-V instruction specification that are leading to changes in the new system.

'Indistinguishable Photons' Could Unleash Quantum Computing
From ACM TechNews

'Indistinguishable Photons' Could Unleash Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a new way to generate indistinguishable photons.

Explained: Neural Networks
From ACM TechNews

Explained: Neural Networks

Deep learning is a new name for the neural-networking approach to artificial intelligence.

Locking Out the Hackers
From ACM News

Locking Out the Hackers

New hardware, services are aimed at identifying malware before it has the chance to execute.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
From ACM TechNews

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason....

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
From ACM News

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think
From ACM News

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85
From ACM News

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Taylor had the idea that led to the Arpanet, the forerunner of the Internet.

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers
From ACM News

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers

Sammet was the first female president of ACM,, created the computer language FORMAC, and was a key member of the committee that created COBOL.

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior...

4D Printing Gets Simpler and Faster
From ACM TechNews

4D Printing Gets Simpler and Faster

A team of researchers has developed a new approach that significantly simplifies and increases the potential of four-dimensional printing.

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors

Researchers have developed four computer-learning algorithms that significantly outperform American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines...

Robot Ray Swims Using High-Voltage Artificial Muscles
From ACM TechNews

Robot Ray Swims Using High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them...
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