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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.


Always Improving Performance
From Communications of the ACM

Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning
From Communications of the ACM

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning

Kernel methods clarify why neural networks generalize so well.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
From Communications of the ACM

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
From ACM News

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks

Scientists have created a deep learning algorithm that analyzes social network content to help diagnose users' potential for mental health problems.

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing
From ACM TechNews

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

Artificial intelligence-equipped apiaries at Kibbutz Beit Haemek in Israel's Galilee region are designed to maintain bee health.

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data
From ACM TechNews

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Finding the Fairness in AI
From ACM News

Finding the Fairness in AI

Algorithmic fairness is more or less obtainable, depending on how you measure it.

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy
From ACM TechNews

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
From ACM TechNews

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...

Researchers Can Predict Battery Lifetimes with ML
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Can Predict Battery Lifetimes with ML

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory used a machine learning algorithm to forecast the longevity of various battery chemistries...

How Smart Is AI After All These Years?
From ACM News

How Smart Is AI After All These Years?

Virtual assistants seem to be great at retrieving facts, and absolutely terrible at giving advice as they have no common sense.

Unpacking Black-Box Models
From ACM TechNews

Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.

Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Brown University scientists led a multi-institutional team in employing new DNA analysis methods to better understand genetic conditions' impact across different...

Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

A reinforcement learning algorithm aims to speed up materials discovery by modeling material properties at the atomic and molecular scale.

The Drones of War
From ACM News

The Drones of War

Drone makers are donating, or selling at cost, unmanned aerial drones to Ukraine.

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past
From ACM News

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues...

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

A new machine learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time.

Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

A new artificial intelligence algorithm can identify patients with weak heart pumps based on single-lead ECG tracings from an Apple Watch.
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