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Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company
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Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company

Amazon is expanding its Amazon Technical Academy to train people outside the company for jobs in software engineering.

For 50 Years, Tech Companies Have Tried to Increase Diversity by Fixing People Instead of the System
From ACM News

For 50 Years, Tech Companies Have Tried to Increase Diversity by Fixing People Instead of the System

Programs to enhance diversity at major technology companies lacked an understanding of what comprehensive economic and social justice looked like.

N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash
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N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

IT Jobs Grew by 50,000 in March as Companies Invested in Cloud, Remote Work
From ACM TechNews

IT Jobs Grew by 50,000 in March as Companies Invested in Cloud, Remote Work

An recent analysis of federal jobs data found the IT field had its fourth straight month of job growth in March, with U.S. employers hiring 50,000 enterprise technology...

Millions of Devices at Risk From NAME:WRECK DNS Bugs
From ACM TechNews

Millions of Devices at Risk From NAME:WRECK DNS Bugs

Researchers discovered nine new Domain Name System vulnerabilities that could imperil more than 100 million connected Internet of Things devices.

'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat
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'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat

The Internet-connected world is completely dependent on the production of semiconductors. That's become a problem now that supplies are running short.

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms
From ACM TechNews

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms

China's working-age population has dropped by more than 5 million in the last decade, and factories are responding to the resulting labor shortage with automation...

French Army Testing Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Spot in Combat Scenarios
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French Army Testing Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Spot in Combat Scenarios

France's military has utilized robotics developer Boston Dynamics' four-legged Spot robot in training exercises, raising questions about the robot's future applications...

People May Trust Computers More Than Humans
From ACM TechNews

People May Trust Computers More Than Humans

Data scientists at the University of Georgia have found that people may be more willing to trust computer programs than fellow humans.

Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing
From ACM News

Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing

The chipmaker helped create Silicon Valley—but cultural complacency and a missed mobile boom have left it far behind competitors.

AI Set to Reshape Workplace as Physical Offices Open Up
From ACM TechNews

AI Set to Reshape Workplace as Physical Offices Open Up

Artificial intelligence (AI) powered software and platforms will be adopted by more companies as they reopen physical workplaces.

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...

Where are the Women? Mapping the Gender Job Gap in AI
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Where are the Women? Mapping the Gender Job Gap in AI

This policy briefing from the Turing Institute's Women in Data Science and AI project presents new research into gender gaps in artificial intelligence and data...

These New Vulnerabilities put Millions of IoT Devices at Risk, so Patch Now
From ACM News

These New Vulnerabilities put Millions of IoT Devices at Risk, so Patch Now

Detailed by researchers at Forescout, the Name:Wreck vulnerabilities could allow attackers to control devices and remotely execute code, act as a gateway to the...

Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech
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Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech

By acquiring a provider of artificial intelligence software, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing. ...

Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context
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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Researchers have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless...

Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024
From ACM TechNews

Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024

Researchers at China's Tsinghua University predicted Chinese bitcoin mining will emit roughly 130 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere by 2024.

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor
From ACM TechNews

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

A human brain organoid was cultured in a week in a three-dimensionally-printed microfluidic bioreactor.
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