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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.


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.

Tracking Shoppers
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable
From ACM News

How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable

Proof at the nexus of pure mathematics and algorithms puts 'quantum weirdness' on a whole new level.

A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900
From ACM News

A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900

A computer made from strands of DNA in a test tube can calculate the square root of numbers up to 900.

Will Deepfakes Do Deep Damage?
From Communications of the ACM

Will Deepfakes Do Deep Damage?

The ability to produce fake videos that appear amazingly real is here. Researchers are now developing ways to detect and prevent them.

Walmart Teams With Nuro's Robot Cars to Deliver Groceries in Houston
From ACM TechNews

Walmart Teams With Nuro's Robot Cars to Deliver Groceries in Houston

Nuro has announced a partnership with Walmart to pilot-test grocery delivery via robot vehicles in Houston. 

Information Is Physics
From Communications of the ACM

Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers

IBM researchers have demonstrated a quantum-proof encryption method called CRYSTALS that can successfully encrypt a magnetic-tap storage device.  

Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers

A new technique can transform the quantum behavior of an intermetallic crystal of cerium, palladium, and silicon so electrons compete to occupy either orbitals...

Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution
From ACM TechNews

Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution

Researchers at the University of Arizona have used supercomputer simulations to understand how galaxies such as the Milky Way come into existence.

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?
From ACM TechNews

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors
From Communications of the ACM

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors

Many computer scientists doubted ad hoc methods would ever give way to a more general approach to finding nearest neighbors. They were wrong.

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.

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time
From ACM News

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Although a fully realized quantum network is still a far-off vision, recent breakthroughs have convinced some physicists that a simple proof-of-principle is imminent...

Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI
From ACM News

Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The ­pdated ACM Code of Ethics
From ACM TechNews

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The ­pdated ACM Code of Ethics

Ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence developers, said Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
From ACM TechNews

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.
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