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Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales are Acting Weirdly
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Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales are Acting Weirdly

Researchers applied statistical techniques to differentiate natural from affected behavior among whales.

Biological Camera Stores Images
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Biological Camera Stores Images

National University of Singapore scientists used biological components to encode and store images on live cells.

U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data
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U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data

The agreement ends legal uncertainty for Meta, Google and scores of companies — at least for now.

Care Homes in Japan Use Big Data to Boost Caregivers, Lighten Workloads
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Care Homes in Japan Use Big Data to Boost Caregivers, Lighten Workloads

Japan-based nursing home operator and insurer Sompo Holdings is using technology to alleviate a caregiver shortage in that nation.

Computer Model Predicts Crop Yields
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Computer Model Predicts Crop Yields

Scientists built a computer model that predicts cotton, corn, sorghum, and soybean yields in the southeastern U.S.

Turning Old Maps into 3D Digital Models of Lost Neighborhoods
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Turning Old Maps into 3D Digital Models of Lost Neighborhoods

Researchers have converted old Sanborn Fire Insurance maps into three-dimensional digital models of historic neighborhoods with a new machine learning technique...

AI's Invisible Foe: Confronting the Challenge of Digital 'Dark Matter'
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AI's Invisible Foe: Confronting the Challenge of Digital 'Dark Matter'

The digital dark matter is a result of scientists borrowing computational techniques from computer vision AI.

After Twitter
From ACM News

After Twitter

New social apps arise to challenge troubled Twitter.

Atlas of Human Brain Blood Vessels Highlights Changes in Alzheimer's Disease
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Atlas of Human Brain Blood Vessels Highlights Changes in Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists created a molecular atlas of human brain blood vessels to highlight Alzheimer's disease-related changes across six regions.

Atlas of Biomedical Literature Could Help Track Down Fabricated Studies
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Atlas of Biomedical Literature Could Help Track Down Fabricated Studies

An atlas of biomedical literature could prove useful in identifying fraudulent studies.

Accelerating Optical Communications with AI
From Communications of the ACM

Accelerating Optical Communications with AI

Communications efficiency helps bring photonics to artificial intelligence.

The Rise of the Chatbots
From Communications of the ACM

The Rise of the Chatbots

How do we keep track of the truth when bots are becoming increasingly skilled liars?

Outsmarting Deepfake Video
From Communications of the ACM

Outsmarting Deepfake Video

Looking for truth, when "it's becoming surprisingly easy to distort reality."

AI Helps Show How the Brain's Fluids Flow
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AI Helps Show How the Brain's Fluids Flow

A team of scientists created artificial intelligence-based velocimetry measurements to quantify the flow of fluids around cerebral blood vessels in the human brain...

JPL Creates PDF Archive to Aid Malware Research
From ACM TechNews

JPL Creates PDF Archive to Aid Malware Research

Data scientists have compiled 8 million PDFs into an open source archive for enhancing online security.

Organizing Unstructured Data
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Organizing Unstructured Data

Vector databases, commonly used for similarity search and product recommendations, are a shining light in the era of Artificial Intelligence.

Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working
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Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working

A new technique produces artificial intelligence (AI) inference algorithms that can generate explanations for data and calculate their accuracy.

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues
From ACM News

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues

The company also was hit with a second fine over Ring, its home surveillance company.

Making Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Making Connections

Bob Metcalfe, recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his role in the development of Ethernet, briefly considered a career in tennis.

Better Algorithms through Faster Math
From Communications of the ACM

Better Algorithms through Faster Math

The search for new algorithms that could reduce the time needed for multiplication is now at the center of data science.
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