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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.

Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down
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Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down

Mastodon is just the start—here comes the Fediverse.

Capturing What is Said
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Capturing What is Said

Artificial intelligence is boosting the capabilities of automatic speech recognition.

Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says
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Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says

Researchers in Google's Mandiant division have found state-sponsored hackers in China have been evading common cybersecurity tools and spying on government and...

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

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
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'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.

Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector
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Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector

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

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.

Google's PaLM-E Generalist Robot Brain Takes Commands
From ACM TechNews

Google's PaLM-E Generalist Robot Brain Takes Commands

Researchers at Google and Germany's Technical University of Berlin recently debuted PaLM-E, described as the largest visual-language model ever created.

AI Re-Creates What People See by Reading Brain Scans
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AI Re-Creates What People See by Reading Brain Scans

The Stable Diffusion artificial intelligence algorithm can read functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans to replicate images people have recently...

Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California
From ACM TechNews

Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California

The Saildrone Surveyor unmanned surface vehicle has completed the mapping of the previously uncharted ocean floor off the Alaska and California coasts.

Mini Robot Enters Blood Vessels, Completes Surgery
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Mini Robot Enters Blood Vessels, Completes Surgery

Researchers recently demonstrated that a miniature robot could travel autonomously to a superficial femoral artery in a pig, deliver contrast dye, and return safely...

Scientists Make Biosensor for Crop Blight
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Make Biosensor for Crop Blight

A molecular sensing system used by researchers at Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem can enter plant cells to identify potential crop diseases.

COVID Modelers Expand their Missions
From ACM News

COVID Modelers Expand their Missions

Team science is writ (very) large.

Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Existing Drugs to Use in Future Outbreak
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Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Existing Drugs to Use in Future Outbreak

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by a global team led by researchers at New York University can identify existing drugs that could be repurposed during...

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
From ACM News

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications
From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications

A new algorithm hides sensitive information in a way that makes it impossible to detect anything has been concealed.
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