Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Opinion Archive


Archives

The opinion archive provides access to past opinion stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

April 2014


From ACM Opinion

One Universe, One Life: A Conjecture

One Universe, One Life: A Conjecture

Opening Disclaimer 1: Although there may be more than one universe, as per the hypothetical multiverse, we will humbly submit to our own bubble of information, the sphere with a radius equal to the distance light has traveled…


From ACM Opinion

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

Modern smartphones have helped shed a light on the power of user interfaces that are driven by gesture and touch. It’s increasingly clear that touch will play a prominent role in the future of computing, but there are still challenges…


From ACM Opinion

Maths Spying: The Quandary of Working for the Spooks

Maths Spying: The Quandary of Working for the Spooks

For the past 10 months, a major international scandal has engulfed some of the world's largest employers of mathematicians.


From ACM Opinion

Warp Drive Research Key to Interstellar Travel

Warp Drive Research Key to Interstellar Travel

As any avid Star Trek fan can tell you, the eccentric physicist Zefram Cochrane invented the warp-drive engine in the year 2063.


From ACM Opinion

Farewell Nokia: The Rise and Fall of a Mobile Pioneer

Farewell Nokia: The Rise and Fall of a Mobile Pioneer

You never forget your first cellphone.


From ACM Opinion

Putin's Fear of the Internet

Putin's Fear of the Internet

In the mid-nineteen-sixties, Brezhnev's Soviet Union introduced a law aimed at stifling ideological dissent.


From ACM Opinion

An iPhone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story

An iPhone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story


From ACM Opinion

Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity

Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.


From ACM Opinion

Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination

Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination

In 2007, at a public forum at Coe College, in Iowa, Presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked about net neutrality.


From ACM Opinion

The Justice of Coders

The Justice of Coders

Among the most important changes in the structure of this society is the rise of engineers and the ethics they make manifest.


From ACM Opinion

I Didn't Type This Article

I Didn't Type This Article

I'm dictating it to my iPhone as I walk down the busy city street on the way to my office in the West Village.


From ACM Opinion

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance art.


From ACM Opinion

The Limits of Social Engineering

The Limits of Social Engineering

In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that was at once seductive and repellent.


From ACM Opinion

Death Googles Himself

Death Googles Himself

Hey!


From ACM Opinion

At Aereo Arguments, Can Old-School Analogies Explain New Technology?

At Aereo Arguments, Can Old-School Analogies Explain New Technology?

Technology is hard. Valet parking and coat check rooms are not, at least for U.S. Supreme Court justices.


From ACM Opinion

How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

Stories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or not.


From ACM Opinion

Driverless Cars Can't Come Soon Enough

Driverless Cars Can't Come Soon Enough

We all know the tragedy of car accidents.


From ACM News

Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

A quantum computer is a device that could exploit the weirdness of the quantum world to solve certain specific problems much faster than we know how to solve them using a conventional computer.


From ACM Opinion

Michael Lewis on Exposing Wall Street's Biggest High-Tech Swindle

Michael Lewis on Exposing Wall Street's Biggest High-Tech Swindle

Flash Boys explores the world of high-frequency trading, a scheme in which traders use ultra-fast network connections to sniff out the intentions of other, slower traders, thereby acting before others can respond.


From ACM Opinion

Smallest Subversive: Mathematical Fight for Our World

Smallest Subversive: Mathematical Fight for Our World

Did you know that every time you use your cellphone, you strike a blow for republicanism against both monarchy and a fixed Divine Order?


From ACM News

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known as the Goldilocks Zone—not too close to its star, nor too far away…


From ACM Opinion

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.


From ACM Opinion

The Most Expensive Lottery Ticket in the World

The Most Expensive Lottery Ticket in the World

No Exit, the new book from Gideon Lewis-Kraus, should be required reading for anybody who thinks it might be a good idea to found a startup in Silicon Valley.


From ACM Opinion

If the Robots Kill Us, It's Because It's Their Job

If the Robots Kill Us, It's Because It's Their Job

In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in the process.


From ACM Opinion

It's Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet

It's Time to Encrypt the Entire Internet

The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure Web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse.


From ACM Opinion

CAPTCHAs Are Becoming Security Theater

CAPTCHAs Are Becoming Security Theater

CAPTCHAs are a time-worn way for humans to tell computers that we are human.


From ACM Opinion

Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever

Why the Web Needs Perfect Forward Secrecy More Than Ever

EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on the Internet.


From ACM Opinion

Google Wants to Make 'Science Fiction' a Reality—And That's Limiting Their Imagination

Google Wants to Make 'Science Fiction' a Reality—And That's Limiting Their Imagination

Self-driving cars, extreme life extension, and global wifi provided by weather balloons: Google makes projects that sound like science fiction into reality at its secretive research lab, Google X.


From ACM Opinion

Can We Really Upload Johnny Depp's Brain?

Can We Really Upload Johnny Depp's Brain?

When Wally Pfister's Transcendence is released on April 17, millions of moviegoers will be asking themselves, "Could we really upload Johnny Depp into a computer one day?"


From ACM Careers

The New Academic Celebrity

The New Academic Celebrity

Back in 1991, a New York Times Magazine writer, Anne Matthews, described Andrew Ross, a doyen of American studies, strolling through the Modern Language Association conference in his "pale mango wool-and-silk Commes des Garcons…

« Prev 1 2 Next »
Blog at CACM
Cybersecurity in the Trump Era
Cybersecurity in the Trump Era
03.27.2017

Deterrence is simply the wrong way to think about cybersecurity.

Ethical Theories Spotted in Silicon Valley
Ethical Theories Spotted in Silicon Valley
03.16.2017

Some of the prevailing theories of ethics surface in modern high tech.  We take a quick and rather superficial look …

Just Press Reboot
Just Press Reboot
03.13.2017

Why does the press continue to talk about "computer problems"?

View More Blog@CACM

Latest News
Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever
Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever
03.27.2017

On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above …

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
03.27.2017

Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs …

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
03.27.2017

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most …

View More News

Read CACM in a free mobile app!
Access the latest issue, plus archived issues and more
ACM Logo
  • ACM CACM apps available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and Android platforms
  • ACM Digital Library apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows devices
  • Download an app and sign in to it with your ACM Web Account
Find the app for your mobile device
ACM DL Logo