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In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022
From Communications of the ACM

In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 1931-2022

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. "was a statesman in the best sense of the word, as well as a great leader, a very kind man, and a fine engineer," said fellow ACM A.M....

Remembering Valérie Issarny
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Valérie Issarny

Computer scientist Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology and chair of the ACM Europe...

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology
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University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology

The goal of the $20-million smart intersections project is to have intersections communicate with the technology in cars to warn drivers of potential dangers that...

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
From ACM News

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data
From ACM TechNews

OECD Countries Limit Government Access to Personal Data

Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's 38 member-states finalized a framework to limit governments' access to citizens' personal...

Particles of Light May Create Fluid Flow, Data-Theory Comparison Suggests
From ACM TechNews

Particles of Light May Create Fluid Flow, Data-Theory Comparison Suggests

A computational analysis supports the idea that photons colliding with heavy ions can create a fluid of “strongly interacting” particles.

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that General Motors' Cruise autonomous robotaxis can brake too quickly or stop moving...

Electric Vehicle Charging Investment Approaches the $100-Billion Mark
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Electric Vehicle Charging Investment Approaches the $100-Billion Mark

The amount of money deployed indicates an ability to address systemic industry challenges and opens up access to low-cost capital.

Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks
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Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks

Gatekeeper is a macOS security feature that automatically checks all apps downloaded from the Internet if they are notarized and developer-signed (approved by Apple)...

How Ada Lovelace Used Embroidery to Create the First Computer Program
From ACM News

How Ada Lovelace Used Embroidery to Create the First Computer Program

The female computing pioneer drew on lessons from her artistic pursuits.

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows
From ACM News

Meek China Response to U.S. Chip Restrictions Raises Eyebrows

Beijing typically "retaliates fully plus 10 percent," but this time it doesn't seem to have many punitive options.

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
From ACM TechNews

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Gen Z Overwhelmed by 'Tech Shame' at Work
From ACM TechNews

Gen Z Overwhelmed by 'Tech Shame' at Work

An HP survey of 10,000 office workers worldwide found Generation Z employees are most likely to feel technological frustration at work.

Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare
From ACM TechNews

Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare

Massive cyberattacks targeting hospitals in India have undermined the nation's healthcare digitization initiatives.

Vint Cerf Helped Create the Internet on the Back of an Envelope
From ACM News

Vint Cerf Helped Create the Internet on the Back of an Envelope

Forty years after the Internet was born, one of its pioneers calls for more critical thinking about how we use it.

Happy Birthday to the Transistor
From ACM News

Happy Birthday to the Transistor

The final part of a podcast series on the transistor.

Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys
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Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys

An international team of scientists led by Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing new techniques to efficiently identify coding errors in embedded systems...

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
From ACM TechNews

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner
From ACM News

Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner

These past few years have been visceral reminders of our mortality. But new technologies can offer a way for us and our loved ones to live on.
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