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Communications of the ACM: Hardware

The latest news, opinion and research in hardware, from Communications online.


Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

2018-03-16 19:23:39 -0400

Nothing conveys the excitement of space exploration like pictures from another planet. Now NASA is planning to go one better than pictures.

Machine Learning Classifies Cancer

2018-03-16 14:58:31 -0400

Accurate diagnosis is essential for appropriate disease treatment.

Mapping Battery Materials With Atomic Precision

2018-03-16 13:00:15 -0400

Researchers have demonstrated how the ratio of materials that make up a lithium-ion battery electrode impacts its structure at the atomic level.

Intelligent to a Fault: When AI Screws Up, You Might Still Be to Blame

2018-03-16 10:43:16 -0400

Artificial intelligence is already making significant inroads in taking over mundane, time-consuming tasks many humans would rather not do.

Pentagon Wants Silicon Valley’s Help on A.I.

2018-03-15 19:29:14 -0400

There is little doubt that the Defense Department needs help from Silicon Valley's biggest companies as it pursues work on artificial intelligence. The question is whether the people who work at those companies are willing to cooperate.

NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres' Surface

2018-03-15 14:00:27 -0400

Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system is a dynamic body that continues to evolve and change.

Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers

2018-03-15 13:35:22 -0400

Madison Square Garden has quietly used facial-recognition technology to bolster security and identify those entering the building, according to multiple people familiar with the arena's security procedures.

The Perfect Selfishness of Mapping Apps

2018-03-15 13:09:53 -0400

What is the price of anarchy?

Brain-emulating Chips Get Smarter, Smaller, More Efficient

2018-03-15 12:00:20 -0400

Neuromorphic chips manage "many cores" by connecting artificial neurons with artificial neurons, mirroring how human brains operate.

Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery

2018-03-15 11:53:33 -0400

If you think your on-the-job training was tough, imagine what life is like for newbie surgeons.

British Cyber Option to Punish Russia Prompts Fear of 'Electronic War'

2018-03-14 16:55:31 -0400

Of all the ways Theresa May could hit back against Russia over the poisoning of an agent on British soil, a cyberattack seems almost fitting.

Researchers Restore 'Feeling' to Lost Limbs, Kinda

2018-03-14 16:12:59 -0400

The bionic hand closes slowly. Its slender metal digits whirr as they jitter into a loose fist, as though they are wrapping around an invisible baton.

360 Video: Tour a Mars Robot Test Lab

2018-03-14 13:36:57 -0400

NASA's InSight lander looks a bit like an oversized crane game: when it lands on Mars this November, its robotic arm will be used to grasp and move objects on another planet for the first time.

Mechanical Harvesting of Papayas Might Be a Reality With Computational Technique

2018-03-14 13:00:13 -0400

Researchers are investigating how papayas could be harvested mechanically using algorithms and computer vision.

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

2018-03-14 12:19:32 -0400

Geneticist David Reich used to study the living, but now he studies the dead.

An Ode to Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, and Other Dangerous Technologies

2018-03-14 10:29:03 -0400

"The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed," is an often-quoted line from the brilliant science-fiction writer William Gibson.

Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions

2018-03-13 17:29:20 -0400

Behind the U.S. move to block Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile bid for U.S. chip maker Qualcomm lies a new global struggle for influence over next-generation communications technology—and fears that whoever takes the lead could exploit that advantage for economic gain, theft and espionage.

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.

2018-03-13 14:46:03 -0400

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.

The Final Frontier's Final Frontier

2018-03-13 12:00:12 -0400

The Space Test Program-Houston 6 hybrid and reconfigurable space supercomputer will board the International Space Station in about a year.

Computing Gets Foggy

2018-03-13 11:32:39 -0400

Fog computing offers a more effective way to address the challenges of distributed systems and Internet of Things devices.

VR Could Be Your Next Painkiller

2018-03-13 11:10:07 -0400

After 10-year-old Blaine Baxter injured his arm in a go-kart accident last year, painful daily dressing changes at the hospital made him so anxious that he had to be sedated.

The Autonomous 'Selfie Drone'

2018-03-13 10:19:32 -0400

Three MIT alumni have developed an autonomous video-capturing drone that tracks and films a moving subject in any environment.

In Search of Blockchain's Killer-Apps

2018-03-13 10:54:04 -0400

Blockchain has been in the news lately, but beyond knowing that it has something to do with payments and digital currencies, most people don't know what blockchain is or why they should care.

The New U.S.-China Rivalry: A Technology Race

2018-03-12 16:57:34 -0400

As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests, the fight between the two financial superpowers is increasingly focused on a single area: technology.

Newer Horizons: Scientist Pitch Pluto Probe as a Unique Deep-Space Telescope

2018-03-12 16:32:59 -0400

A maverick group of astronomers is proposing to radically reshape one of NASA's most successful missions in the modern era, the New Horizons probe that flew by Pluto in 2015 and is now continuing its voyage into the depths of the outer solar system.

China's Huawei Is at Center of Fight Over 5G's Future

2018-03-12 12:35:27 -0400

When top tech minds sat down to set the global standards underpinning today's cellphone networks, China was left largely on the sidelines. Companies in the West owned much of the crucial technology, and they prospered.

China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets

2018-03-12 10:26:32 -0400

At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features and car registration plates, and match them in real-time with a database of suspects.

AI Has a Hallucination Problem That's Proving Tough to Fix

2018-03-09 16:36:58 -0500

Tech companies are rushing to infuse everything with artificial intelligence, driven by big leaps in the power of machine learning software. But the deep-neural-network software fueling the excitement has a troubling weakness: Making subtle changes to images, text, or audio can fool these systems into perceiving things that aren't there.

Demand for Programmers Hits Full Boil as U.S. Job Market Simmers

2018-03-09 16:24:56 -0500

Ouliana Trofimenko and Annie Rihn, who work for different technology companies on the West Coast, are both on the front lines of one of the biggest challenges to U.S. economic growth right now: a scarcity of technology talent.

'Flippy,' the Fast Food Robot, Temporarily Decommissioned for Being Too Slow

2018-03-09 13:44:50 -0500

After a single day of working as a cook at a Caliburger location in Pasadena this week, Flippy the burger-flipping robot has stopped flipping.