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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
From ACM News

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

New ACM Award to Recognize Research using HPC to Combat COVID-19
From ACM News

New ACM Award to Recognize Research using HPC to Combat COVID-19

Nominations are now open for the Gordon Bell Special Prize for high-performance-computing-based COVID-19 research.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators
From ACM TechNews

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators

A virtual reality Vappu (May Day) concert in Helsinki, Finland, drew 1.4 million spectators.

Artificial Intelligence Is Energy-Hungry – Solution: New AI Hardware Made of Quantum Material
From ACM News

Artificial Intelligence Is Energy-Hungry – Solution: New AI Hardware Made of Quantum Material

Quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
From ACM TechNews

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...

Twitter Opens Up Data for Researchers to Study COVID-19 Tweets
From ACM TechNews

Twitter Opens Up Data for Researchers to Study COVID-19 Tweets

Twitter  will provide researchers and software developers access to a real-time dataset of daily public tweets about COVID-19, to study the virus' spread and track...

Body Swap
From ACM News

Body Swap

Augmented Reality systems allow you to learn by embodying an expert.

Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15
From ACM TechNews

Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15

Researchers have developed an open-source design that allows labs around the world to three-dimensionally print their own precision microscopes.

Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis
From ACM TechNews

Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred data visualization researchers and professionals to apply their expertise to combat the pandemic.

'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen
From ACM TechNews

'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen

The astronauts manning SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will control the capsule using a touchscreen...

Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence
From ACM TechNews

Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio say  self-supervised learning could lead to artificial intelligence programs more humanlike in their...

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere
From ACM News

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere

IT is central to continuity and recovery and job cuts should be avoided, but there are plenty of other places savings can be made.

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea
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AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify sea plastic in satellite imagery.

Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic
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Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic

Researchers have developed an interactive simulation to raise awareness of the importance of social distancing during a pandemic.

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
From ACM News

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.

Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town
From ACM TechNews

Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town

A fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver retail purchases is becoming increasingly popular in the British town of Milton Keynes during the coronavirus lockdown...

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.
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