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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
From Communications of the ACM

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

Who Owns Your Face?
From ACM News

Who Owns Your Face?

Today's facial recognition tools raise new questions about how, where, and when data can be used.

The Chatbots are Coming!
From ACM News

The Chatbots are Coming!

Advances in chatbots are changing the way we interact with computing devices.

Deep Insecurities
From Communications of the ACM

Deep Insecurities: The Internet of Things Shifts Technology Risk

A more connected world sounds alluring, but without better protections, the Internet of Things could lead to disaster.

A Healthy Dose of Wearables
From ACM News

A Healthy Dose of Wearables

Smart watches and other wearables are evolving into medical devices that will drive significant changes in healthcare.

The Future of Data Storage
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering
From Communications of the ACM

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering technologies are advancing at a furious rate, changing the world one cell at a time.

Flexible Displays Enter the Picture
From ACM News

Flexible Displays Enter the Picture

Engineers have long attempted to develop flexible displays and devices. The technology is finally becoming a reality.

Consumer Rating Algorithms Score Big with Businesses, Governments
From ACM News

Consumer Rating Algorithms Score Big with Businesses, Governments

Businesses, universities, and governments increasingly are turning to algorithms to make crucial decisions about how to treat customers and citizens.

Virtual Reality Goes on Trial
From ACM News

Virtual Reality Goes on Trial

VR could significantly change the way jurors and judges weigh evidence in the courtroom.

The New Face of Law Enforcement
From ACM News

The New Face of Law Enforcement

Facial recognition and augmented reality are changing the way law enforcement agencies investigate crime, but there are important privacy issues to consider.

Weighing the Impact of GDPR
From Communications of the ACM

Weighing the Impact of GDPR

The EU data regulation will affect computer, Internet, and technology usage within and outside the EU; how it will play out remains to be seen.

Chip Implants Get Real
From ACM News

Chip Implants Get Real

The notion of using implantable chips to authenticate people is gaining support, but it raises important privacy questions.

Transient Electronics Take Shape
From Communications of the ACM

Transient Electronics Take Shape

Advances in materials science and chemistry are leading to self-destructing circuits and transient electronics, which could impact many fields.

Is Genomic Privacy Possible?
From ACM News

Is Genomic Privacy Possible?

Genomic research has led to remarkable insights and medical breakthroughs, but it also represents serious privacy risks.

 The Fake News Wars Have Only Begun
From ACM News

The Fake News Wars Have Only Begun

 The next generation of false news will feature realistic-looking videos and a battle of algorithms.

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data
From Communications of the ACM

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data

Researchers are exploring ways to put medical data to greater use while better protecting privacy.

Computing Gets Foggy
From ACM News

Computing Gets Foggy

Fog computing offers a more effective way to address the challenges of distributed systems and Internet of Things devices.

Can Neuroevolution Change Machine Learning?
From ACM News

Can Neuroevolution Change Machine Learning?

Neuroevolution borrows techniques from natural evolution to push the boundaries of machine learning.

In Pursuit of Virtual Life
From Communications of the ACM

In Pursuit of Virtual Life

Scientists are simulating biological organisms and replicating evolution in the lab. How far can they expand the boundaries of virtual life?
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