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. . . And the Computer Plays Along
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. . . And the Computer Plays Along

Software can improvise on the spot to accompany the performance of live musicians.

Capturing What is Said
From ACM News

Capturing What is Said

Artificial intelligence is boosting the capabilities of automatic speech recognition.

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.

Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media
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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
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Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole

An innovative method overcomes significant hurdle in scaling quantum prototypes.

'Talking' Concrete Could Help Prevent Traffic Jams, Cut Carbon Emissions
From ACM TechNews

'Talking' Concrete Could Help Prevent Traffic Jams, Cut Carbon Emissions

U.S. interstates are preparing to test sensors developed by Purdue University researchers that could help prevent congestion and lower carbon emissions.

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.

Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication
From ACM News

Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication

A potential alternative to passwords.

Digital Twins Offer Us Access to New Knowledge
From ACM TechNews

Digital Twins Offer Us Access to New Knowledge

Data modeling systems developed by researchers at Norwegian research and development organization SINTEF can extrapolate new insights from vast datasets using digital...

They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam
From ACM TechNews

They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam

More sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tools are being used to replicate a person's voice.

Cyborg Technology Analyzes Functional Maturation of Stem-Cell Derived Heart Tissue
From ACM TechNews

Cyborg Technology Analyzes Functional Maturation of Stem-Cell Derived Heart Tissue

A "cyborg" technique developed by Harvard University researchers can monitor the functional maturation of heart tissue using nanoelectronics.

Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.
From ACM News

Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.

Meme-makers and misinformation peddlers are embracing artificial intelligence tools to create convincing fake videos on the cheap.

Computer Scientists Paint a Picture of Six Decades of Movies
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Paint a Picture of Six Decades of Movies

Computer scientists analyzed the trailers of 29,000 North American movies released from 1960 to 2019 to identify the dominant colors used in individual films, genres...
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