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New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers
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New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers

Researchers in Austria, Germany, and the U.K. have developed a simple method for manufacturing high-precision aperiodic photonic volume elements (APVEs).

Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything
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Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything

Arizona State University researchers have developed an inflatable drone that can perch on nearly any object.

Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults
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Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults

The  small desktop robot GTIbot can be used to monitor older adults' physical and mental well-being, and even recommend exercises.

UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns
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UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns

The U.K. says Microsoft's remedies were not enough to end its concerns.

Seltzer Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Technical, Mentoring Contributions
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Seltzer Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Technical, Mentoring Contributions

ACM has named Margo Seltzer of Canada's University of British Columbia the 2023-2024 ACM Athena Lecturer for her pioneering technical contributions and commitment...

Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees
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Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees

An electrochemical transistor made from balsa wood opens up the possibility of embedding sensors and other electronic devices in plants, which could help in agriculture...

Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready
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Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready

What the Avatar XPrize revealed about the future of telepresence robots.

Computing and Social Responsibility
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Computing and Social Responsibility

Hardware, software, and social media companies increasingly must consider the potential social and ethical risks of their products.

Organoid Intelligence: Computing on the Brain
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Organoid Intelligence: Computing on the Brain

Researchers have proposed using brain organoids—spherical masses cultured from neural tissue—as computational systems.

Lighting the Way at Nanometer Scales
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Lighting the Way at Nanometer Scales

Light waves bouncing around could replace a significant portion of digital computation.

Advanced AI Faces New Regulatory Push in Europe
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Advanced AI Faces New Regulatory Push in Europe

In an open letter, a group of EU lawmakers said regulators should be given authority to govern the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot
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(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot

A study by Cornell University researchers found that the public responded well to two remote-controlled trash barrel robots installed at a Manhattan plaza, one...

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science
From Communications of the ACM

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science

Based on machine learning, DeepMind's code now lies at the heart of a variety of protein-structure tools and workflows. It may ultimately be replaced by models...

Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips
From ACM TechNews

Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips

Ivan Sutherland, who helped pioneer CMOS semiconductors decades ago, believes the U.S. can regain the global lead in advanced chipmaking.

This New Technology Could Blow Away GPT-4 and Everything Like It
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This New Technology Could Blow Away GPT-4 and Everything Like It

The Hyena code is able to handle amounts of data that make GPT-style technology run out of memory and fail.

Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'
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Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'

Cloud-computing usage at large companies is measured in millions of records a day, making it 'humanly impossible' to keep track of costs.

Microsoft's Refusal to Pay for Twitter's API Outraged Musk
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Microsoft's Refusal to Pay for Twitter's API Outraged Musk

Twitter will no longer be available on Microsoft Advertising as the service relies on API access.

Autonomous Bus Sounds: All About When, Not How
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Autonomous Bus Sounds: All About When, Not How

Cornell University's Malte Jung, and Hannah Pelikan from Sweden's Linköping University, are using sound to improve autonomous buses' navigation and communication...

David Papworth Honored with ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award
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David Papworth Honored with ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award

David B. Papworth has been named to receive the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award for his work on microprocessors at Intel.

Robotic Worms Could One Day Dig Beneath Your Feet
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Worms Could One Day Dig Beneath Your Feet

Scientists are creating earthworm-inspired soft robots, envisioning their flexibility as an advantage for penetrating hard-to-reach areas.
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