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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Getting Down to Basics
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Cryptographic algorithms called zero-knowledge proof protocols are a mathematical method that enables the owner of an ML model to generate a succinct proof to demonstrate...

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News
From ACM TechNews

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.

Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap
From ACM News

Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap

The nascent quantum industry is calling on higher education to begin preparing a quantum workforce with a broader, less specialized range of technical skills.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
From Communications of the ACM

The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans
From Communications of the ACM

Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans

Machine intelligence significantly reduces the time needed for an MRI scan, which can help reduce patient anxiety.

Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer
From ACM News

Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer

Majorana particles would make perfect qubits to build a large quantum computer, but their creation and detection in 2018 was probably no more than overinterpreted...

The Power of Quantum Complexity
From Communications of the ACM

The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction
From ACM News

Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northwestern University have devised a novel type of quantum error correction where errors are spontaneously...

'Multiplying' Light Could Be Key to Ultra-Powerful Optical Computers
From ACM TechNews

'Multiplying' Light Could Be Key to Ultra-Powerful Optical Computers

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have proposed a new optical computing method for solving higher-order...

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI
From ACM TechNews

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI

IBM researchers have proposed reducing the number of computer bits from the current industry standard of 16 to just four.

CMU Scientists Solve 90-Year-Old Geometry Problem
From ACM News

CMU Scientists Solve 90-Year-Old Geometry Problem

The math puzzle was resolved by translating it into satisfiability problem.

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
From Communications of the ACM

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Fran Allen
From Communications of the ACM

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

Frances E. Allen was the first woman recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

New Approach Takes Quantum Key Distribution Further
From ACM TechNews

New Approach Takes Quantum Key Distribution Further

Researchers from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications have demonstrated secure measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (MDI-QKD) transmission...

Deep Learning on Cell Signaling Networks Establishes Interpretable AI for Single-Cell Biology
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning on Cell Signaling Networks Establishes Interpretable AI for Single-Cell Biology

Researchers at the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have created knowledge-primed neural networks which utilize signaling...

Your Wish Is My CMD
From Communications of the ACM

Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

A Proof from 'The Book'
From Communications of the ACM

A Proof from 'The Book'

A decades-old conjecture about computational complexity is confirmed in just a few pages.

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020
From ACM TechNews

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020

A survey by recruitment firm Harvey Nash found half of 1,200 technology professionals in the U.K. would like to switch jobs in 2020, with salary and work-life balance...

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus
From ACM TechNews

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.
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