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Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local
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Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local

In the U.S., a shift in who pays to prepare computer science (CS) teachers.

Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved
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Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved

Regarding the discovery of new documents about the H.W. Egli AG (Zurich) company in the Museum für Kommunikation, Berne, Switzerland.

What Turing and Church Left Out
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What Turing and Church Left Out

Concurrency control for readers and writers in a database is a classic problem that illustrates the power of message passing.

Tech User Responsibility
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Tech User Responsibility

User support presents serious challenges that are aggravated by indeterminate client responsibility.

Computational Thinking, Education for the Poor and Rich, and Dealing with Schools and Teachers As They Are: A Twitter Convo
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Computational Thinking, Education for the Poor and Rich, and Dealing with Schools and Teachers As They Are: A Twitter Convo

 A Twitter conversation turned into a narrative on computational thinking

NLU Is Not NLP++
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NLU Is Not NLP++

This is a plea to the technical community working in the domain of natural language processing and natural language understanding to appreciate the difference between...

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.
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