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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.

William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83
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William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83

One of the first people to receive a graduate degree in the field, Wulf helped to adapt an early Pentagon communications web into the network that eventually grew...

Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues
From ACM TechNews

Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues

Government employees in the United States and internationally often reuse passwords for their work and personal accounts, according to researchers at threat intelligence...

'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.

South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse
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South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse

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

Scientists Make Biosensor for Crop Blight
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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.

The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy
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The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy

The new technology could upend many online businesses. But for companies that figure out how to work with it, A.I. could be a boon.

Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study
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Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study

Researchers found reducing time on social media could improve teens' self-esteem and body image.

The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains
From ACM TechNews

The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains

Companies like Paradromics and Synchron are competing with Elon Musk's Neuralink to design a brain implant that can communicate with computers.

Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions
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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions

Researchers found the computational needs of self-driving cars could drive a significant increase in global carbon emissions.

What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse
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What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse

Luxury retailers are capitalizing on the metaverse, with some using the virtual environment to identify trends and roll out new products.

Building a Computer With a Single Atom
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Building a Computer With a Single Atom

New studies broaden the perspectives on what constitutes a "computer" and how small a computational unit can be.

Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects
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Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have combined computer vision and wireless perception into X-AR, an augmented reality (AR) headset that can visualize...

At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate
From ACM News

At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate

UNESCO's Internet For Trust Conference brought together 4,300 participants to discuss regulatory solutions to the ongoing crisis of online information.

Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage
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Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage

Maryland nonprofit Vehicles for Change is using virtual reality to train automotive mechanics through a program designed to address a national shortage.

Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
From ACM TechNews

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.
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