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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.


This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie
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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

An upcoming science-fiction film will feature the first humanoid robot to take on the lead role in a movie.

Your Wish Is My CMD
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Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

The Quantum Threat
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The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

An Animating Spirit
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An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...

Leveraging Unlabeled Data
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Leveraging Unlabeled Data

Deep learning looks for better pretexts.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor
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Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Two studies evaluated a robot comedian's performance at comedy clubs to gather data to enable more effective robot-human interplay through humor.

Australia Wins AI 'Eurovision Song Contest'
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Australia Wins AI 'Eurovision Song Contest'

An Australian team won the unofficial AI ‘Eurovision Song Contest’.

VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators
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VR Concert in Helsinki Attracts Over 1 Million Spectators

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

Body Swap
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Body Swap

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

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers
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With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers

The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular video games to conduct lessons on a range of topics.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

ACM Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer
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ACM Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer

David Silver Recognized for Breakthrough Advances in Computer Game-Playing

Dead Languages Come to Life
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Dead Languages Come to Life

Artificial intelligence automates the translation of extinct languages.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
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Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
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How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard
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Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard

Researchers demonstrated that virtual reality users are more likely to exercise better when vying with realistic, rather than idealized, avatars of themselves. ...
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