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Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems
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Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems

The researchers developed two types of ecological reservoir computing as a proof-of-concept that ecological networks have computational power.

Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors
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Privacy Battle Erupts Over Smart Building Sensors

A project at Carnegie Mellon University to build a secure Internet of Things infrastructure has erupted into a dispute over monitoring and privacy.

Researchers Analyze 53 Million Points of Clinical Data with Embedding Technique
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Researchers Analyze 53 Million Points of Clinical Data with Embedding Technique

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University used a phenotype embedding technique to analyze 53 million patient notes from more than...

MIT Turbocharges Python's Notoriously Slow Compiler
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MIT Turbocharges Python's Notoriously Slow Compiler

Codon lets users run Python code as efficiently as C or C++.

. . . 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.

Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela
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Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela

Generative AI technology from Synthesia was used to create recent deepfake videos that attempted to spread misinformation and propaganda in Venezuela.

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature
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'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature

The statcheck online tool developed by Michèle Nuijten at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has reduced statistical errors in scientific papers.

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.

Why the Floppy Disk Just Won't Die
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Why the Floppy Disk Just Won't Die

 A surprising number of industries, from embroidery to aviation, still use floppy disks. But the supply is finally running out.

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.

Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing
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Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing

Google's team said it had demonstrated that a system using error-correcting code can detect and fix errors without affecting the information.

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design
From Communications of the ACM

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design

Architectures suited for molecules streamline the identification of pharmaceutical candidates.

Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency
From Communications of the ACM

Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency

Advanced feature sets and functionality are projected to drive the market for connected vending to nearly nine million units by 2024.

Ears on AI and Data
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Ears on AI and Data

A round-up of podcasts focused on artificial intelligence and/or data.

Surfing the Research Data Wave
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Surfing the Research Data Wave

A new data exchange format aims to provide a means for accessing and reusing large volumes of complex research data.

Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction
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Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction

Researchers race to find ecological data kept on outdated media or in dusty backroom boxes—before they're lost forever.

Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
From Communications of the ACM

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
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Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second
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Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second

Researchers at Japan's RIKEN Prediction Science Laboratory applied deep learning to predict the impact of tsunamis in less than a second.
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