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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
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U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles
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As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
From ACM Careers

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Artificial Intelligence Cyberattacks Are Coming--but What Does That Mean?
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Cyberattacks Are Coming--but What Does That Mean?

Artificial intelligence could play a key role in the next major cyberattack.

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That
From ACM TechNews

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

Can AI Solve Poverty?
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Can AI Solve Poverty?

Researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to gain insights into factors that lead to poverty and other social problems.

EU Drafting Rules to Protect Technology From Foreign Takeovers
From ACM News

EU Drafting Rules to Protect Technology From Foreign Takeovers

Law might follow German rules that let Berlin veto takeover.

Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects
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Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

What James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science

Several experts rebut a former Google employee's conceit that innate biological differences underlie female software engineers' underrepresentation in the tech...

Everyone's an Expert, but a Computer Program May Be Able to Pick the Best Ones
From ACM TechNews

Everyone's an Expert, but a Computer Program May Be Able to Pick the Best Ones

A new algorithm analyzed the estimates of an agribusiness expert and helped a business division at an agricultural chemicals company improve its forecast accuracy...

With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings
From ACM News

With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

UTA Researchers Developing Airborne Network Computing Platform for UAVs
From ACM TechNews

UTA Researchers Developing Airborne Network Computing Platform for UAVs

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have received a grant to develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial vehicles...

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars
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Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars.

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book
From ACM TechNews

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure
From ACM TechNews

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council warns there is a shrinking window of opportunity to fortify critical U.S. infrastructure against a massive "9/11...

Turing Laureates Celebrate Award's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary
From Communications of the ACM

Turing Laureates Celebrate Award's 50th Anniversary

ACM recently held a conference in celebration of the first 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

Charles W. Bachman
From Communications of the ACM

Charles W. Bachman: 1924-2017

An engineer best known for his work in database management systems, and in techniques of layered architecture that include Bachman diagrams.

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Assured Autonomy Seeks to Guarantee Safety of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems

Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have launched a new research program that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn...

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers
From ACM Careers

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...
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