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July 2016


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Snowden: 'I Never Thought I'd Be Saved' After NSA Leaks

Snowden: 'I Never Thought I'd Be Saved' After NSA Leaks

When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying, he changed the way the world thinks of cybersecurity.


From ACM Opinion

America Wants to Believe China Can't Innovate. Tech Tells a Different Story.

America Wants to Believe China Can't Innovate. Tech Tells a Different Story.

Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower seeds. And they want them fast.


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Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of Unemployment

Rise of the Ag-Bots Will Not Sow Seeds of Unemployment

Larry Stap's fifth-generation family dairy farm has come a long way since his great grandfather established it in Lynden, Wash., in 1910.


From ACM Opinion

How MIT Gave 'Ghostbusters' Its 'Geek Cred'

How MIT Gave 'Ghostbusters' Its 'Geek Cred'

The energetic researchers who grounded the new "Ghostbusters" in hard science—giving it "geek cred"—are using a flurry of media attention to alter public perceptions.


From ACM Opinion

Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet

Turkish Coup Plotters' Cyber Fail: Not Turning Off Internet

A failed coup attempt in Turkey, which began during the evening of July 15, was apparently coordinated using the WhatsApp mobile messaging service, according to reports from Turkish media.


From ACM Opinion

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.


From ACM Opinion

The Return of Arthur C. Clarke's Fantastic Vision of Jupiter

The Return of Arthur C. Clarke's Fantastic Vision of Jupiter

The Juno space probe is now in orbit around Jupiter, meaning space buffs around the world are eagerly awaiting whatever new data the probe sends back.


From ACM Opinion

Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds

Learning to Code as a 30-Year-Old Kid with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds

If you've installed the iOS 10 public beta since it came out last week, you’ll know that compatible iPads come loaded with the "Swift Playgrounds" app that Apple announced at WWDC.


From ACM Opinion

Pokémon Go Will Make You Crave Augmented Reality

Pokémon Go Will Make You Crave Augmented Reality

It started as an April Fool's joke.


From ACM Opinion

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That's Also the Future of Robotics

Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code into his laptop and hits "return."


From ACM Opinion

Women in Big Data: Does Gender Matter?

Women in Big Data: Does Gender Matter?

Is it such a bad thing that women are underrepresented in tech and big data?


From ACM News

NASA's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.

NASA's Bold Bet on Juno Will Pay Off. Stay Tuned.

Memory-foam mattresses. The breathing devices firefighters wear. And infrared ear thermometers that give near-instant readings.


From ACM Opinion

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?


From ACM Opinion

Lessons From the Tesla Crash

Lessons From the Tesla Crash

A recent fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S is an example of how a new technology designed to make cars safer could, in some cases, make them more dangerous.


From ACM Opinion

Stuxnet the Movie: The U.S. Has Pwned Iran

Stuxnet the Movie: The U.S. Has Pwned Iran

The new documentary about Stuxnet, 'Zero Days,' says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country's infrastructure and could be used as a weapon in any future war.


From ACM Opinion

Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police

Why a Killer Robot Was Likely the Only Option For Dallas Police

When a police robot killed suspect Micah Johnson in Dallas early Friday morning, it was likely an unprecedented event.


From ACM Opinion

Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors

Validate Personal Air-Pollution Sensors

The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution.


From ACM Opinion

Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret

Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret

John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren—a physicist by training—has worked on controversial issues such as climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.


From ACM Opinion

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?

By all accounts, technology has made us safer.


From ACM Opinion

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.


From ACM Opinion

The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

Tesla's Autopilot feature is now under investigation after the first known fatality involving a Tesla car using "Autopilot" mode was reported. The car automation technology appears to have been misused.


From Communications of the ACM

How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.


From Communications of the ACM

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule

Reconsidering traditional research ethics given the emergence of big data analytics.


From Communications of the ACM

Turing's Red Flag

Turing's Red Flag

A proposal for a law to prevent artificial intelligence systems from being mistaken for humans.


From Communications of the ACM

Inverse Privacy

Inverse Privacy

Seeking a market-based solution to the problem of a person's unjustified inaccessibility to their private information.


From Communications of the ACM

Apple v. Samsung and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

<i>Apple v. Samsung</i> and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.

Blog at CACM
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Does Nature Use Data?
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Does nature use databases? Does nature use data structures?  

A Very Local Snapshot of K-12 CS Education
A Very Local Snapshot of K-12 CS Education
06.30.2016

What are students learning in K-12 CS?

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