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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.


Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before
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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans
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Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans

A team of researchers found that human-robot interactions are more successful when the bots are able to hide their non-human identity.

Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10
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Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10

A pair of security researchers found vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Regulating Information Technology
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Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Malevolent Machine Learning
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Malevolent Machine Learning

AI attacks throw light on the nature of deep learning.

Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare
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Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare

Quantum radar could have implications for how we diagnose disease and fight wars.

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences
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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning...

Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says
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Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said attackers targeted the state with ransomware that impacted certain state servers, forcing initiation of security protocols...

The Longest Yard in Football
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The Longest Yard in Football

The National Football League is starting to use tracking technology that can distinguish exact distances and measure the value of a single inch, which could dramatically...

Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It
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Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It

Google researchers have designed a prismatic light-emitting-diode (LED) "egg." 

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work
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Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Scientists have developed a test to verify that a quantum computer is providing correct answers to questions outside the scope of traditional computing.

Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers
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Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers

Researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation in China have developed a prototype autonomous hexacopter drone that can inspect glass skyscrapers more quickly...

Notes from SC19
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Notes from SC19

The SC19 Supercomputing Conference has launched with the theme, "HPC is Now."

NBA Teams Enhancing Fan Experience with High-Tech Replays
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NBA Teams Enhancing Fan Experience with High-Tech Replays

Six NBA teams are implementing 360-degree video replays in their arenas to augment the fan experience.

How VR Is Augmenting Realty
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How VR Is Augmenting Realty

Over the past 30 years, virtual reality has evolved from a science fiction curiosity to an essential tool for the real estate industry. 

Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation
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Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation

Researchers have achieved exaflop performance on the Summit supercomputer. 

Better Listening with Lossless Audio
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Better Listening with Lossless Audio

The challenges and opportunities of Hi-Res streaming music services.
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