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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.


Tiny Drones Team Up to Open Doors
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Tiny Drones Team Up to Open Doors

Researchers have developed palm-sized drones that can forcefully tug objects 40 times their own mass by anchoring themselves to the ground or to walls.

Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not Universal
From ACM TechNews

Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not Universal

The largest-ever multinational survey on machine ethics found many moral precepts that guide a driver's decisions are not universal.

Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs
From ACM TechNews

Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs

A new software bot can find bugs in code and write patches with effectiveness comparable to that of human developers.

AI, Explain Yourself
From Communications of the ACM

AI, Explain Yourself

It is increasingly important to understand how artificial intelligence comes to a decision.

A New Movement in Seismology
From Communications of the ACM

A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

Weighing the Impact of GDPR
From Communications of the ACM

Weighing the Impact of GDPR

The EU data regulation will affect computer, Internet, and technology usage within and outside the EU; how it will play out remains to be seen.

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
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With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers
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Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers

The fibre-optic cables that carry Internet traffic can also be used for a powerful form of the strange phenomenon known as quantum teleportation.

MIT Invention Builds Memory Walls to Protect Against Meltdown, Spectre Attacks
From ACM TechNews

MIT Invention Builds Memory Walls to Protect Against Meltdown, Spectre Attacks

A new system can more effectively protect modern PC architectures against vulnerabilities exploited by malware like Meltdown and Spectre, researchers say.

New Data Science Method Makes Charts Easier to Read at a Glance
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New Data Science Method Makes Charts Easier to Read at a Glance

Researchers have developed a technique to measure visual complexity by supplying a score that automatically identifies difficult charts.

Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages
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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages

Would-be travelers of the galaxy, rejoice: The Chinese tech giant Baidu has invented a translation system that brings us one step closer to a software Babel fish...

The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer
From ACM TechNews

The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer

With artificial intelligence discreetly improving driving safety, the technology is likely to find its way into luxury vehicles.

Brain-Inspired Algorithm Helps AI Systems Multitask and Remember
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Brain-Inspired Algorithm Helps AI Systems Multitask and Remember

Researchers have found that adapting a well-known brain mechanism can dramatically improve the ability of artificial neural networks to learn multiple tasks.

Recruiting With Virtual Reality
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Recruiting With Virtual Reality

As the market for new employees grows increasingly competitive, some recruiters use virtual reality applications to attract qualified candidates.

Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?
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Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?

A group of arms control advocates, humans rights groups, and technologists is lobbying the United Nations to craft a global decree that bans autonomous weapons....

Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model
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NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model

The nation's weather and climate organization, NOAA, has appointed a new director of its Environmental Modeling Center.

How Smartphone Apps Track Users and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track Users and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.

3D-Printed Supercapacitor Electrode Breaks Records in Lab Tests
From ACM TechNews

3D-Printed Supercapacitor Electrode Breaks Records in Lab Tests

Researchers have developed supercapacitor electrodes using a printable graphene aerogel to build a porous three-dimensional scaffold equipped with pseudocapacitive...
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