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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.


The AI Magic Show
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The AI Magic Show

Explanations about how deep learning and large language models actually work often emphasized incomprehensibility, or a model's explainability or interpretability...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight
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Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight

A rival chatbot has shaken Google out of its routine, with the founders who left three years ago re-engaging and more than 20 A.I. projects in the works.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
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Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
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Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy
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Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy

North Carolina State University's Mohammad Farazmand and Konstantinos Mamis corrected a flaw in a popular pandemic model, improving the accuracy of its predictions...

Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots
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Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots

Researchers are developing tools that can identify content created by bots like OpenAI's ChatGPT, which generates text that can be difficult to distinguish from...

Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness
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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness

Quantum states are incredibly delicate and easily destroyed. The perfect solution could lie in imperfect crystals.

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022
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Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022

The devices segment of Gartner's spending forecast is projected to fall 5.1% this year to roughly $685 billion, after dropping more than 10% in 2022.

Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem
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Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem

Today's devices can be thrown off by the slightest environmental interference. Algorithmiq is developing ways to counteract this and harness quantum's power.

Mining the Margins to Save Lives
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Mining the Margins to Save Lives

Using artificial intelligence to ensure fewer donated kidneys are discarded, and that food donations make it to those in need via what is fast becoming an Internet...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?
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AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?

Many companies and laboratories are tapping artificial intelligence to develop more sophisticated chatbots.

Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins
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Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins

University of Arkansas researchers have developed computer models for calculating a drug candidate's protein-binding affinity.

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?

A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.
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