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Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery
From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery

Finding novel materials needs more than pure machine learning.

Math Answers Behavior of Bat Ears, Inspiring Real-World Upgrade on Batman's Tech
From ACM TechNews

Math Answers Behavior of Bat Ears, Inspiring Real-World Upgrade on Batman's Tech

Bioengineers at Japan's Hiroshima University developed a mathematical model of bat ears' echolocation-related movements to ascertain the optimal pinnae motions...

AI Rewrites Coding
From Communications of the ACM

AI Rewrites Coding

Even as software grows increasingly complex, artificial intelligence helps to simplify and automate coding tasks.

. . . 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.

Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down
From ACM News

Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down

Mastodon is just the start—here comes the Fediverse.

Capturing What is Said
From ACM News

Capturing What is Said

Artificial intelligence is boosting the capabilities of automatic speech recognition.

Scientists Make a Seven-Ingredient 3D-Printed Cheesecake
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Make a Seven-Ingredient 3D-Printed Cheesecake

Columbia University scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a slice of seven-ingredient peanut butter-banana cheesecake with a cherry drizzle.

Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space
From ACM TechNews

Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers engineered the Walking Oligomeric Robotic Mobility System (WORMS) to revolutionize space robotics.

Python-Based Compiler Achieves Performance Speedups
From ACM TechNews

Python-Based Compiler Achieves Performance Speedups

The Codon compiler, from a team led by researchers from MIT CSAIL, allows developers to create new domain-specific languages within Python while achieving performance...

'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.

Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media
From ACM TechNews

Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media

Researchers have developed an all-optical object classification technique that uses diffractive deep neural networks and a single-pixel spectral detector to classify...

Scientists Develop Mobile System for Object Detection, Image Analysis in Disaster Response
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Develop Mobile System for Object Detection, Image Analysis in Disaster Response

A prototype system developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can detect and assess utility pole damage following...

Flinders University Scientists Use Biology from Insects to Build Robots with a Brain
From ACM TechNews

Flinders University Scientists Use Biology from Insects to Build Robots with a Brain

Researchers at Australia's Flinders University were inspired by insect biology to build robots equipped with a brain capable of comprehending their environment....

Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole
From ACM News

Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole

An innovative method overcomes significant hurdle in scaling quantum prototypes.

How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race
From ACM News

How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race

The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to...

Boosting Photodiode Efficiency to 220%
From ACM News

Boosting Photodiode Efficiency to 220%

Researchers at the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology are chasing quantum efficiency.

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision
From ACM TechNews

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an autonomous robot, ALAN, that can make decisions and complete tasks based on its observations of its environment...

South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse
From ACM TechNews

South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse

South Korean girl quartet MAVE: exists exclusively in the metaverse.

What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science
From ACM TechNews

What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science

The first successful delivery of a human donor lung by aerial drone in Toronto, Canada, has implications for the future of transplant science.

Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector
From ACM News

Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector

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