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Technology in the Time of Cataclysms
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Technology in the Time of Cataclysms

How is the development of technology, and its more basic cousin science, affected during such cataclysmic times?

The Virus Analogy and Validation
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The Virus Analogy and Validation

The comparison between organic viruses and computer viruses is compelling.  But why?

Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?
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Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?

Is a skill-based, multi-level win-win, and (almost) zero-cost model for undergraduate science and engineering programs in a research university plausible?

The COVID Catalyst
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The COVID Catalyst

The coronavirus pandemic has once again demonstrated the great vulnerability of social and economic systems to microbes.

Computational Thinking or Computational Teamwork?
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Computational Thinking or Computational Teamwork?

Computational thinking can sound like "CS-minus." Is there a "CS-plus" that makes CS more attractive and approachable by all?

Clean Code Isn't Enough; It Must Be Crystal Clear, Too
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Clean Code Isn't Enough; It Must Be Crystal Clear, Too

Writing clean code is a great start, but for programmers who really want to master their craft, you have to go further. You need to write clear code that other...

Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online
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Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online

Our weakest students should not be the ones bearing the greatest costs of moving classes online.

Voting as Tallying in Public
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Voting as Tallying in Public

Voting requires common acknowledgement.  Can that be achieved in automation?

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'
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Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop 

The Vote as a Declared Datum
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The Vote as a Declared Datum

A vote is a datum that sheds its original identity but persists.

Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion
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Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter's works.

The Size of Computing Education Today, By The Numbers
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The Size of Computing Education Today, By The Numbers

 How many students learn general-purpose programming today, compared to using other computing environments or learning other STEM subjects?

The Shortest Possible Schedule Theorem: Yes, You Can Throw Money at Software Deadlines
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The Shortest Possible Schedule Theorem: Yes, You Can Throw Money at Software Deadlines

As close as we have to a universal law of software engineering management.

Dynamic Analysis in the Browser
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Dynamic Analysis in the Browser

Autopsy of a Google Query.

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
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Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton figure?

A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking
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A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking

Maybe we can just design away the need to teach computational thinking

Variable Vagaries
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Variable Vagaries

The variable, construed as an L-value, makes some offbeat appearances.

Google Translate Does Not U­nderstand the Content of the Texts
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Google Translate Does Not U­nderstand the Content of the Texts

How well do translation programs translate?

Is the Trolley Problem ­Useful for Studying Autonomous Vehicles?
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Is the Trolley Problem ­Useful for Studying Autonomous Vehicles?

Does the trolley problem offer any useful insights for autonomous vehicles, in terms of design of or public policy around these systems? Here are several reasons...

Will We All Be Wearing Wearables?
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Will We All Be Wearing Wearables?

If wearable computing products are really needed, what are the biggest practical and research challenges to mainstream adoption?
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