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Learning to Trust Quantum Computers
From Communications of the ACM

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers

They need to show us they can solve the biggest problems.

Toshiba Says it Created an Algorithm that Beats Quantum Computers using Standard Hardware
From ACM News

Toshiba Says it Created an Algorithm that Beats Quantum Computers using Standard Hardware

The company hopes to commercialize it in the financial industry

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption
From ACM TechNews

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev spent three years developing machine learning technology to spot corruption in its business partners. 

U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance
From ACM TechNews

U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance

The testing of facial recognition technology by police in the U.K. has provoked outrage.

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
From ACM TechNews

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

Quantum Computing Remains a Challenge for Tech Firms
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computing Remains a Challenge for Tech Firms

Some big technology companies and startups have found their progress on quantum computing remains in the early stages, despite years of substantial investment. ...

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves
From ACM News

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets)....

A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor
From ACM TechNews

A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor

National University of Singapore researchers have developed an upgrade to wearable health monitors that can read the pH of wearers' sweat.

A Robot Equipped with Real Feathers Flies Like a Bird
From ACM TechNews

A Robot Equipped with Real Feathers Flies Like a Bird

Stanford University researchers affixed actual pigeon feathers to a robot to allow it to fly like a bird.

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance
From ACM TechNews

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.

Exploring the Theory of Computing
From ACM News

Exploring the Theory of Computing

In his new book, Avi Wigderson argues for computing’s central role in human thought.

Memory Storage for Super-Cold Computing
From ACM TechNews

Memory Storage for Super-Cold Computing

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a cryogenic memory cell circuit incorporating three inductively coupled Josephson junctions that...

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job
From ACM TechNews

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

Major South Korean companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job applicants, giving rise to an industry to help job-seekers beat these systems. ...

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots
From ACM TechNews

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.  

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.
From ACM News

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”

Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans
From ACM TechNews

Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans

Researchers designed an unmanned surface vessel to deploy research equipment in remote and inaccessible ocean locations.

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally...

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

Simplifying How Scientists Share Data
From ACM TechNews

Simplifying How Scientists Share Data

Researchers have developed an open-source data-management system that will help scientists share data with each other.

A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now
From ACM TechNews

A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now

A glitch connected to the Y2K bug addressed two decades ago is crashing payment systems and computers, due to a poor fix.
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