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Protecting the 2020 Census
From Communications of the ACM

Protecting the 2020 Census

A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 U.S. Census from database reconstruction attacks.

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
From ACM TechNews

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
From ACM TechNews

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
From ACM TechNews

Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
From ACM TechNews

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets
From ACM TechNews

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
From ACM TechNews

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
From ACM TechNews

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
From ACM TechNews

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
From ACM TechNews

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments
From ACM TechNews

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside Hardware Security Modules .

How Computation is Changing Journalism
From ACM News

How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos has helped to make journalism is increasingly computational. 

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Uber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego
From ACM News

Uber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego

Uber will start delivering food with drones in San Diego this summer, aiming to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense urban environment where...

Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV
From ACM TechNews

Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
From ACM TechNews

Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts
From ACM TechNews

Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy
From ACM TechNews

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A brain-computer interface developed by researchers at the University of Houston can sense when its user is expecting a reward.
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