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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...

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.

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Researchers have developed the AirRacket, a virtual reality controller that emits bursts of compressed air to simulate a ball's impact in racket sports.

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers
From ACM TechNews

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.  

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.

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?
From ACM TechNews

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations
From Communications of the ACM

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations

Physics-informed machine learning is gaining attention, but suffers from training issues.

Raising Robovoices
From Communications of the ACM

Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health
From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show
From ACM News

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show

The U.S.F.L. is testing tech that could resolve disputes over where balls are spotted, clearly show if a first down was reached, and track players who stand too...

U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack
From ACM News

U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack

Lazarus Group allegedly has stolen nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency since 2017.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
From ACM TechNews

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.

Hackers Target Bridges Between Blockchains for Crypto Heists
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Target Bridges Between Blockchains for Crypto Heists

Hackers pulled off a $540-million cryptocurrency heist by exploiting Ronin Network software that lets players of the online game "Axie Infinity" transfer digital...

Can AI Learn to Forget?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Learn to Forget?

Specialized techniques may make it possible to induce selective 'amnesia' in machine learning models.

Still Waiting for Self-Driving Cars
From Communications of the ACM

Still Waiting for Self-Driving Cars

Why is it taking so long for autonomous vehicles to hit the road?

Technology's Impact on Morality
From Communications of the ACM

Technology's Impact on Morality

Leading technologists and thinkers are concerned about technology's impact on our ethical thinking.

VR Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture
From ACM TechNews

VR Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture

Cornell University researchers have created a virtual reality tour of New York City's Red Hook Farms.

Neural Networks Generate Demonic Simpsons Characters Straight From Hell
From ACM News

Neural Networks Generate Demonic Simpsons Characters Straight From Hell

What's growing out of Bart's head!?

Accelerating AI
From Communications of the ACM

Accelerating AI

Specialized hardware to boost the speed of machine learning also saves energy.
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