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The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?
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The World Loves the Smartphone. So How About a Smart Home?

My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank.

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars
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Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?

Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading in Print. Yes, You Read That Right.
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Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading in Print. Yes, You Read That Right.

Frank Schembari loves books—printed books.

Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test
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Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is having a moment, albeit one marked by crucial ambiguities.

A Plunge and Squish View of the Mind
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A Plunge and Squish View of the Mind

How can we bring our knowledge to bear on a problem?

The Paradox of Popping Back in Time
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The Paradox of Popping Back in Time

Here we go again.

Q&A With UC Davis Computer Science Assistant Professor Yong Jae Lee
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Q&A With UC Davis Computer Science Assistant Professor Yong Jae Lee

University of California, Davis assistant professor Yong Jae Lee discusses his computer vision research. In one study, he developed an algorithm that automatically...

Why Did Computer Science Make a Hero Out of Turing?
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Why Did Computer Science Make a Hero Out of Turing?

Comparing the legacy of Alan Turing in computer science with that of Carl Friedrich Gauss in mathematics.

The Real Software Crisis
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The Real Software Crisis: Repeatability as a Core Value

Sharing experiences running artifact evaluation committees for five major conferences.

Humans in Computing
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Humans in Computing: Growing Responsibilities for Researchers

Considering the role of institutional review boards in computing research.

A Technician Shortage
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A Technician Shortage

In our elation about rising CS enrollments, we are overlooking a growing shortage of computing technicians. Our education system is not responding to this need.

Reaching a Broader Population of Students through 'Unplugged' Activities
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Reaching a Broader Population of Students through 'Unplugged' Activities

Introducing children to fundamental computing concepts through Computer Science Unplugged.

Copyrightability of Java APIs Revisited
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Copyrightability of Java APIs Revisited

A recent case challenges the long-standing view that application program interfaces are not protectable under copyright law.

Frank Drake Thinks It's Silly to Send Messages to ET
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Frank Drake Thinks It's Silly to Send Messages to ET

Making contact with aliens: the subject of many a sci-fi story, and a variety of imagined outcomes. Though no one knows what will happen if we encounter intelligent...

The Reality of Quantum Weirdness
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The Reality of Quantum Weirdness

In Akira Kurosawa's film "Rashomon," a samurai has been murdered, but it's not clear why or by whom.

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar
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Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar

Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.

What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph
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What 'The Imitation Game' Didn't Tell You About Turing's Greatest Triumph

Freeman Dyson, 91, the famed physicist, author and oracle of human destiny, is holding forth after tea-time one February afternoon in the common room of the Institute...
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