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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.


Epigenomics Now
From Communications of the ACM

Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?
From Communications of the ACM

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?

Generative artificial intelligence and the law: there is no turning back.

Wayfinding Without GPS
From Communications of the ACM

Wayfinding Without GPS

Quantum entanglement provides a new direction in navigation.

ACM Publications Finances for 2022
From Communications of the ACM

ACM Publications Finances for 2022

Achieving a balance between mission, sustainability, and growth is without question ACM's greatest challenge as we transition to a fully Open Access model over...

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D
From ACM TechNews

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D

A multi-year partnership between the California Institute of Technology and Broadcom aims to advance quantum science research and development.

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28
From ACM TechNews

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28

Two 3D-printed “trees” made of stainless steel and upcycled plastic waste were centerpieces of the Singapore pavilion at the U.N. COP28 climate conference.

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests
From ACM TechNews

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed a method for tracing the smuggling routes of pangolins using DNA tests.

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence and supercomputing electricity needs.

The Greatest Degree Program Ever
From ACM News

The Greatest Degree Program Ever

Georgia Tech is among the most employer-connected, industry-aligned universities in the country with growing enrollments at every level.

U.K. Tech Sector Gender Gap Could Take 'Nearly 300 Years' to Close Without Intervention
From ACM TechNews

U.K. Tech Sector Gender Gap Could Take 'Nearly 300 Years' to Close Without Intervention

At the U.K.’s BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, researchers found it could take as long as 283 years for that nation’s tech industry to close the gender gap....

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids
From ACM TechNews

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University have developed a hearing aid system with sound directionality.

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism
From ACM TechNews

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism

Researchers have demonstrated the use of AI to screen for and determine the severity of autism in children and teens based on images of their retinas.

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States
From ACM News

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States

The tech giant will pay $700 million and allow app makers to collect payments directly in a settlement it hopes will help resolve other legal challenges.

Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year
From ACM TechNews

Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year

Researchers have developed a neuromorphic supercomputer than can perform 228 trillion synaptic operations per second.

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS
From ACM TechNews

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS

Researchers used reinforcement learning to improve the ability of uncrewed underwater vehicles to navigate without GPS.

The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI
From ACM TechNews

The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI

The New York Times said Quartz co-founder Zach Seward has been hired to develop principles for "how we do and do not use generative AI."

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
From ACM TechNews

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.

Bigger, Not Necessarily Better
From ACM News

Bigger, Not Necessarily Better

The inverse scaling issue means larger LLMs sometimes handle things less well.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
From ACM TechNews

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
From ACM TechNews

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.
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