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How Did People Write Machine Learning Code in the Past?
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How Did People Write Machine Learning Code in the Past?

Summarizes popular programming languages and libraries that have been used for machine learning throughout the past two decades.

Computer Science Encyclopedia Can Fill a Gap
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Computer Science Encyclopedia Can Fill a Gap

Our profession has the credibility and resources to create an Encyclopedia that will serve as the professional standard.

Did Albert Einstein Calculate on the 'Millionaire' in Zurich?
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Did Albert Einstein Calculate on the 'Millionaire' in Zurich?

In 1897, ETH Zurich was the first university in the world to have a copy of the legendary four-species calculating machine Millionaire.

Discovering Bugs, or Ensuring Success?
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Discovering Bugs, or Ensuring Success?

Finding errors is not the same as making certain a software product works correctly.

Irrational Exuberance and the 'FATE' of Technology
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Irrational Exuberance and the 'FATE' of Technology

Questions of verification, safety, and trust must be central when we embody intelligence in physical systems.

First-Class Philosophical Failure
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First-Class Philosophical Failure

Interrogation of "first-class object" as an analog to human life goes nowhere.

Moving Computing Education Past Argument from Authority: Stuart Reges and Women Who Code
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Moving Computing Education Past Argument from Authority: Stuart Reges and Women Who Code

Computing educators often make decisions based on arguments from authority. Time to move on.

Blame-Free Quality Control
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Blame-Free Quality Control

How liable should programmers be for the quality of their software?

Discussing Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering
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Discussing Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering

Focusing on what helps software developers.

Algorithms Have Been Around for 4,000 Years
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Algorithms Have Been Around for 4,000 Years

For some years now, the terms "algorithms", "digitization" and "artificial intelligence" have become commonplace. However, these terms are rarely explained. One...

A Software Architect Is the Person You Blame
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A Software Architect Is the Person You Blame

How efficient is your current software project, and could it potentially benefit from the addition of a software architect?

Validating Beneficial AI
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Validating Beneficial AI

The foundational work of the first AI for Good Summit allows the AI community to work together to create an infrastructure for responsible communication, development...

My First Interaction, Design, and Children Conference, IDC 2018
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My First Interaction, Design, and Children Conference, IDC 2018

IDC 2018 was a fun conference with lots of great insights.

The Real Problem With AI
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The Real Problem With AI

It's algorithms. And data. They can be wrong.

From 007 to 'Agent 111'
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From 007 to 'Agent 111'

James Bond-like spies have been eclipsed by a new generation of operatives who don't travel the world (not physically, anyway) or drink martinis, shaken or stirred...

The Goal of Software Testing
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The Goal of Software Testing

Finding errors is not the same strategy as making sure that a product works.

Until the Craze Fades
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Until the Craze Fades

Too much, perhaps, of a good thing?

Teaching Two Programming Languages in the First CS Course
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Teaching Two Programming Languages in the First CS Course

Should we teach two different programming languages in the first CS course?  Probably not -- here's what we know.

Articulation of Decision Responsibility
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Articulation of Decision Responsibility

Can we establish a locution for the results of a program that does not ascribe decision-making power?
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