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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.


Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning
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Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Researchers have observed something similar to motor synergy in robotic agents using deep reinforcement learning algorithms.

Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing
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Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers are using three-dimensional printers and sensors to create fake fish to help test the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on fish populations...

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

This Drone Can Play Dodgeball
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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time and enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance...

Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot
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Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot

Researchers have developed a human-scale soft robot that can reconfigure its shape to grasp and handle objects.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

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

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Let Evolution Design Your Robot
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Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System
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Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System

Pohoiki Springs, an experimental system to be rolled out this month, mimics the way human brains work to do computations faster with less energy

Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors
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Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors

Intel and Cornell University researchers have trained Intel's Loihi neuromorphic processor to identify 10 materials from their odors.

Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans
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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans

Researchers have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it will be for walking like a human.

Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow
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Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne created a proof of concept platform for hard drives that will be smaller, faster, and more energy...

Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out
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Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out

Salmon seem to prefer small robots to larger ones, a discovery that could help guide how fish farms are automated.

How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?
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How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?

Information technology security experts assessing personal identification numbers codes for securing smartphones found six-digit PINs offer little more security...

Modern RAM Still Vulnerable to Rowhammer Attacks
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Modern RAM Still Vulnerable to Rowhammer Attacks

Extensive mitigations deployed during the last six years have failed to eliminate modern random-access memory (RAM) cards' vulnerability to Rowhammer exploits. ...

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores
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Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores

A new system allows robots to learn complicated tasks that would normally confuse them with too many complicated rules.

3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid
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3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid

New three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes are taking shape at the Community First Village affordable housing development in Austin, TX.

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
From ACM TechNews

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 
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