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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees
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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.

Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs
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Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs

Companies are launching apprenticeship programs to recruit nontraditional staff for entry-level positions in the midst of a technology talent shortage.

Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study
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Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study

Researchers have found the major virtual assistants do not live up to their potential in terms of providing users with reliable, relevant information on medical...

Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge
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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital twins give urban planners, policymakers, resource managers, asset owners, and citizens more dynamic tools and information about their smart cities.

DC Water Taps AI for Sewer Line Assessments
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DC Water Taps AI for Sewer Line Assessments

A new algorithm helps Washington, D.C., sewer pipe technicians obtain a more-accurate picture of what is happening in the network of pipes running beneath the city...

Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips
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Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips

Opening up part of the chipmaking process could jostle the industry.

Ginni Rometty to Step Down as C.E.O. of IBM
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Ginni Rometty to Step Down as C.E.O. of IBM

Arvind Krishna, who has led the company's cloud computing business, was named the new chief executive.

Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm
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Critical Flaw Demonstrated in Common Digital Security Algorithm

Researchers have demonstrated a security flaw in the widely used SHA-1 security algorithm that would allow bad actors to fake files and the information within them...

CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest
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CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest

Researchers in the U.K. used computed tomography scanning and a three-dimensionally-printed larynx to reproduce the sound from the vocal tract of a 3,000-year-old...

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Soft, Sensitive, and Smart
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Soft, Sensitive, and Smart

The future of robotic skin.

Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another
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Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another

New software automatically translates a video of a person speaking in one language into another language, while matching their lip movements to the new words.

Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot
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Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot

The first person diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. is being treated with the help of a robot at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA...

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

Top ACM TechNews articles of 2019
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Top ACM TechNews articles of 2019

One of the most popular topics among the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2019 was, once again, programming and programming languages.

Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived
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Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived

Researchers have met the U.S. DARPA challenge to create next-generation organ-on-a-chip models. 

Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs
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Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

Pivotal Ventures has announced a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. 

The Easy Route the Easy Way: Chip Calculates the Shortest Distance in an Instant
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The Easy Route the Easy Way: Chip Calculates the Shortest Distance in an Instant

A new chip uses special components to calculate the possible shortest distance to traverse up to 22 cities in a short period of time.

Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!
From ACM TechNews

Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!

A new open source computer program can advise users to prevent the mixture of incompatible chemicals.
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