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Formalizing Fairness
From Communications of the ACM

Formalizing Fairness

Algorithmic fairness aims to remedy issues stemming from algorithmic bias.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
From ACM TechNews

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
From ACM TechNews

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Raising the Voices of the Dead
From ACM News

Raising the Voices of the Dead

Experts urge caution in using AI agents to simulate dead people.

Hundreds of Windows Networks Infected with Raspberry Robin Worm
From ACM TechNews

Hundreds of Windows Networks Infected with Raspberry Robin Worm

A private threat intelligence advisory issued by Microsoft warns that hundreds of Windows networks are infected with the Raspberry Robin worm.

A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology
From ACM TechNews

A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology

Researchers have developed a modular software application for optimizing biological systems, which they said does not require computational skills to use.

New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias
From ACM TechNews

New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias

oVRcome, a phone-based virtual reality (VR) application designed to treat phobias, successfully completed a six-week clinical trial.

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware
From ACM TechNews

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware

Researchers have discovered at least 80 routers in North America and Europe have been infected by a remote access Trojan as part of a larger hacking campaign.

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air
From ACM TechNews

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air

A new system incorporates a robotic arm that generates sound waves to levitate and move objects to build complex structures in mid-air without touching the parts...

Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself

Johns Hopkins University researchers led a team that developed a robotic system that allowed a partially paralyzed man to feed himself.

NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms
From ACM News

NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms

Four additional algorithms are under consideration for inclusion in the standard, and NIST plans to announce the finalists from that round at a future date.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
From ACM News

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys
From ACM TechNews

Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys

Packages found in the official third-party software repository include loglib-modules, pyg-modules, pygrata, pygrata-utils, and hkg-sol-utils.

App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients
From ACM TechNews

App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients

CLL-Pre-Diagnostic Lymphocytosis app helps doctors ID people at risk of infection following diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
From ACM TechNews

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
From ACM News

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing
From ACM News

California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing

Vueron plans to unveil its next generation of Lidar AV platforms within the next few months.

Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies

Scientists have formulated a new beginner-level guide for quantum computer programmers.

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
From ACM News

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields
From ACM TechNews

ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields

Ohio State University researchers combined machine learning and flying drones into a tool for assessing the health of crop fields.
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