The big news on March 12 of this year was of the Go-playing AI-system AlphaGo securing victory against world champion Lee Se-dol. AlphaGo's victory is a stunning achievement and another milestone in the inexorable march of AI …
Moshe Y. Vardi
This month I explore the proposal sent in March 2016 by ICANN to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunication and Information Agency (NTIA) to end the long-standing contractual relationship between ICANN and NTIA …
Vinton G. Cerf
DEPARTMENT: Letters to the Editor
Citing the All Writs act as a way to give the government the power to compel companies to redesign or reimplement their electronic products to government specifications represents a threat to everyone's civil liberties.
Meet the candidates who introduce their plans — and stands — for the Association.
Mark Guzdial considers the crucial role of states in Computer Science for All.
Processes for making CMOS chips are adapted for optical components.
Researchers aim to apply artificial intelligence and machine-learning methods to take cybersecurity to a new, higher, and better level.
Programming competitions help identify and reward those who excel in coding.
COLUMN: Law and technology
Who will control the 'ordinary pursuits of life' in the digital economy?
How the future of general-purpose programming tools could include blocks-based structured editing, and how we should study students transitioning to text-based programming tools.
R. Benjamin Shapiro, Matthew Ahrens
COLUMN: Economic and business dimensions
Examining the institutions underlying the patent system for information and communication technologies.
Wen Wen, Chris Forman
COLUMN: Historical reflections
Brutal lessons from contemporary art.
David P. Anderson
Surveying unresolved security problems for automated buildings.
Lessons learned from three container-management systems over a decade.
Brendan Burns, Brian Grant, David Oppenheimer, Eric Brewer, John Wilkes
Be someone who makes everyone else better.
The hub of software development.
Ivar Jacobson, Ian Spence, Brian Kerr
SECTION: Contributed articles
Car automation promises to free our hands from the steering wheel but might demand more from our minds.
Stephen M. Casner, Edwin L. Hutchins, Don Norman
Data-centric abstractions and execution strategies are needed to exploit parallelism in large-scale graph analytics.
Andrew Lenharth, Donald Nguyen, Keshav Pingali
Comparing smartphone mapping apps leads to unexpected surprises.
Hanan Samet, Sarana Nutanong, Brendan C. Fruin
SECTION: Review articles
Reviewing the technologies that enable robot musicians to jam.
Mason Bretan, Gil Weinberg
SECTION: Research highlights
In "Hiding Secrets in Software," Garg et al. construct a "one-way compiler" of the type envisioned by Diffie and Hellman.
Can we hide secrets in software? Can we make programs unintelligible while preserving their functionality? Why would we even want to do this? In this article, we describe some rigorous cryptographic answers to these quasi-philosophical …
Sanjam Garg, Craig Gentry, Shai Halevi, Mariana Raykova, Amit Sahai, Brent Waters
"On the Naturalness of Software" by Hindle et al. takes an entirely new approach to providing tools to help build software.
Gail C. Murphy
We begin with the conjecture that most software is natural, with all the attendant constraints and limitations — and thus, like natural language, it is also likely to be repetitive and predictable.
Abram Hindle, Earl T. Barr, Mark Gabel, Zhendong Su, Premkumar Devanbu
COLUMN: Last byte
Imagine hyper-realistic virtual space exploration limited only by the data we are able to collect.