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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe
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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers...

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office
From ACM TechNews

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

As company offices reopen, some are using software to help them shuffle employees, schedule meetings, map office hot spots, and practice social distancing.

AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected.

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images
From ACM TechNews

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

Engineers have developed a deep neural network that produces spectral images almost as well as dual-energy computed tomography imaging technology.

Does Palantir See Too Much?
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Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes
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App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

George Mason University's Massimiliano Albanese developed the myBallotBox app to help people locate drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

"We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys," one researcher said.

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools
From ACM TechNews

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo created novel three-dimensional design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require...

Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops
From ACM TechNews

Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops

Google parent Alphabet is piloting a project to revolutionize agriculture and food production by using solar-powered electric buggies to monitor crops.

MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera
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MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera

Researchers have developed a human motion-capture system using an ultra-wide fisheye camera strapped to the user's chest.

Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Company Finds Hacker Selling Info on 186 Million U.S. Voters

Cybersecurity company Trustwave says it discovered a hacker selling personally identifying information on 245 million Americans, including voter registration data...

A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data
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A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

Scientists at Canada's University of Waterloo suggest artificial intelligence models should be capable of “less than one”-shot learning.

AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?
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AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?

Researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to help doctors differentiate between Covid-19 and the flu.

Opening the Black Box of Neural Networks
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Opening the Black Box of Neural Networks

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers used deep learning neural networks to model water molecule interactions.

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
From ACM News

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye
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Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for imaging and tracking the interactions of microscopic immune cells in a human eye without using...

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
From ACM TechNews

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
From ACM TechNews

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch

Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor in the X4 smartwatch marketed by children's watch vendor Xplora.

How Does Google's Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches
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How Does Google's Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches

Right under our noses, the Internet's most-used website has been getting worse.

Bringing Power Tool From Math Into Quantum Computing
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Bringing Power Tool From Math Into Quantum Computing

Scientists at Japan's Tokyo University of Science designed a novel quantum circuit that calculates the fast Fourier transform faster and more efficiently than previously...
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