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Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data
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Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data

Some researchers envision synthetic data as not only offering content that is close enough to actual data to preserve privacy, but also enabling production of better...

The Future of Data Storage Lies in DNA Microcapsules
From ACM TechNews

The Future of Data Storage Lies in DNA Microcapsules

An international team of researchers has added scalability to synthetic DNA data storage via a new polymerase chain reaction technique.

Seltzer Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Technical, Mentoring Contributions
From ACM TechNews

Seltzer Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Technical, Mentoring Contributions

ACM has named Margo Seltzer of Canada's University of British Columbia the 2023-2024 ACM Athena Lecturer for her pioneering technical contributions and commitment...

Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems
From ACM TechNews

Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems

Reddit announced it will begin charging for access to its application programming interface.

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science
From Communications of the ACM

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science

Based on machine learning, DeepMind's code now lies at the heart of a variety of protein-structure tools and workflows. It may ultimately be replaced by models...

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software
From Communications of the ACM

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software

Can even secure open source software ever be considered truly safe?

Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'
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Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'

Cloud-computing usage at large companies is measured in millions of records a day, making it 'humanly impossible' to keep track of costs.

Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems
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Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems

The researchers developed two types of ecological reservoir computing as a proof-of-concept that ecological networks have computational power.

Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors
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Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors

A project at Carnegie Mellon University to build a secure Internet of Things infrastructure has erupted into a dispute over monitoring and privacy.

Researchers Analyze 53 Million Points of Clinical Data with Embedding Technique
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Analyze 53 Million Points of Clinical Data with Embedding Technique

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University used a phenotype embedding technique to analyze 53 million patient notes from more than...

MIT Turbocharges Python's Notoriously Slow Compiler
From ACM News

MIT Turbocharges Python's Notoriously Slow Compiler

Codon lets users run Python code as efficiently as C or C++.

. . . And the Computer Plays Along
From Communications of the ACM

. . . And the Computer Plays Along

Software can improvise on the spot to accompany the performance of live musicians.

Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela
From ACM TechNews

Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela

Generative AI technology from Synthesia was used to create recent deepfake videos that attempted to spread misinformation and propaganda in Venezuela.

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature
From ACM TechNews

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature

The statcheck online tool developed by Michèle Nuijten at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has reduced statistical errors in scientific papers.

Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector
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Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector

Here's a look at some of the newest technological advancements in the insurance industry.

Why the Floppy Disk Just Won't Die
From ACM News

Why the Floppy Disk Just Won't Die

 A surprising number of industries, from embroidery to aviation, still use floppy disks. But the supply is finally running out.
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