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In Memoriam: Niklaus Wirth
From Communications of the ACM

In Memoriam: Niklaus Wirth

The overriding philosophy of computing pioneer Niklaus Wirth, who died on January 1, 2024, was that systems should be simple, efficient, and "elegant."

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
From ACM TechNews

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
From ACM TechNews

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck
From ACM TechNews

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix....

The Campaign Against Deepfakes
From ACM News

The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'
From ACM News

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

The A.I. start-up is releasing a new version of ChatGPT that stores what users say and applies it to future chats.

Judge Rejects Most ChatGPT Copyright Claims from Book Authors
From ACM News

Judge Rejects Most ChatGPT Copyright Claims from Book Authors

OpenAI plans to defeat authors' remaining claim at a "later stage" of the case.

Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids
From ACM TechNews

Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids

Across the globe, concerns about the substantial amount of energy used by datacenters have led to restrictions on their construction.

Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab
From ACM TechNews

Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab

The future of warfare is being piloted in Ukraine, which has been turned into a sort of lab by technology companies.

Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention
From ACM TechNews

Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

Law enforcement is paying closer attention to reports of attacks, harassment, and sexual assault in virtual environments.

Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites

A study by computer scientists revealed that interacting with political campaign websites puts people's personal information at risk.

Social Media Algorithms 'Amplifying Misogynistic Content'
From ACM TechNews

Social Media Algorithms 'Amplifying Misogynistic Content'

Extreme misogynistic content is being amplified by the algorithms used by social media platforms, a new study has found.

Firm Loses HK$200 Million After Deepfake Video Meeting
From ACM TechNews

Firm Loses HK$200 Million After Deepfake Video Meeting

Employees at a multinational company were duped into transferring HK$200 million (US$25.6 million) to local bank accounts after a deepfake video conference call...

Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles
From ACM TechNews

Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Computer scientists developed of method to ensure end-to-end safety of autonomous vehicles by guaranteeing the results of the machine learning algorithms used to...

China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research
From ACM TechNews

China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research

China's Ministry of Science and Technology issued an ethical guideline for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

India Tells Tech Giants to Police Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

India Tells Tech Giants to Police Deepfakes

As India prepares for a general election this year, a government official said social media companies will be held accountable for AI-generated deepfakes on their...

FBI Shuts Down China's 'Volt Typhoon' Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure
From ACM TechNews

FBI Shuts Down China's 'Volt Typhoon' Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

During a U.S. House committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that his agency had shut down the China-backed hacking group known as "Volt Typhoon...

OpenAI and Other Tech Giants Will Have to Warn the U.S. Government When They Start New AI Projects
From ACM News

OpenAI and Other Tech Giants Will Have to Warn the U.S. Government When They Start New AI Projects

The Biden administration is using the Defense Production Act to require companies to inform the Commerce Department when they start training high-powered AI algorithms...

Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk
From ACM TechNews

Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk

Japan's rules for the submission of official documents to the government no longer mention physical media like floppy disks, CD-ROMs, or other "electronic recording...
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