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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.


Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI
From ACM TechNews

Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI

Google says the cooling systems of several of its data centers are now governed by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
From ACM Careers

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube
From ACM News

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity.

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage
From ACM News

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Many experimental robots that live in research laboratories around the world may be wide open to hackers.

AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses
From ACM News

AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses

Neural networks are the crown jewel of the AI boom. They gorge on data and do things like transcribe speech or describe images with near-perfect accuracy (see "10...

The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
From ACM News

The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn't so sure.

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself
From ACM TechNews

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots
From ACM News

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with simulated coffee tables...

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.
From ACM News

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate
From ACM News

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered...

Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?
From ACM News

Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?

Inside a small laboratory in lush countryside about 50 miles north of New York City, an elaborate tangle of tubes and electronics dangles from the ceiling. This...

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building ­biquitous Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building ­biquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
From ACM News

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis
From ACM TechNews

A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis

An experiment by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used quantum computers to calculate Betti numbers. The work "suggests that data...

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
From ACM News

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart
From ACM Careers

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart

You've seen the headlines: "Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs—and We're Not Ready for It." "You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think." "Robots May...

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
From ACM News

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You
From ACM News

Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they've been saying that the possibilities for using it to treat disease are virtually...
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