DEPARTMENT: Editor's letter
The Communications of the ACM
team is dynamic; a collection of passionate leaders, making change and creating the future CACM
through the actions, initiatives, and goals that we are pursuing today. In that vein, here are some …
DEPARTMENT: Cerf's up
It is interesting to contemplate whether the notion of under-specification that induces flexibility and anticipates new but unknown developments can be codified in a concrete way beyond the purely conceptual.
DEPARTMENT: Letters to the editor
As a combat veteran and more recently an industry technologist and university professor, I have observed with concern the increasing automation — and dehumanization — of warfare, a trend discussed in the "Potential and Peril" …
Philip Guo discusses his project studying older adults that have chosen to learn computer programming.
Software verification helps find the faults, preventing hacks.
A clutch of companies are changing how work gets done---by using virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.
Artificial intelligence technologies are being deployed to improve the customer service experience.
Microsoft researcher Charles P. Thacker, awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award, died Monday, June 12, at the age of 74, after a brief illness.
COLUMN: Historical reflections
Reflections on historical prognostications for the future.
Insights from a recent Google-Gallup national research study seeking to better understand the context of K--12 CS education.
COLUMN: Kode Vicious
Finding the balance between zero and maximum.
As unconventional computing comes of age, we believe a revolution is needed in our view of computer science.
Word processors now make it possible for many authors to work on the same document concurrently. But what can they actually do?
Rounding errors are usually avoidable, and sometimes we can afford to avoid them.
SECTION: Contributed articles
Turing's machines of 1936 were a purely mathematical notion, not an exploration of possible blueprints for physical calculators.
While it may not be possible to build a data brain identical to a human, data science can still aspire to imaginative machine thinking.
SECTION: Review articles
Mathematics solves problems by pen and paper. CS helps us to go far beyond that.
SECTION: Research highlights
The inherent scalability of an interface is the focus of "The Scalable Commutativity Rule" by Austin T. Clements, et al.
This paper introduces an interface-driven approach to building scalable software.
To avoid costly feedback loops between design, engineering, and fabrication, research in computer graphics has recently tried to incorporate key aspects of function and fabrication into an "intelligent" shape modeling process …
In this article, we describe an algorithm to generate designs for spinning objects by optimizing their mass distribution.
COLUMN: Last byte
Ride with an autonomous AI cab driver that might actually know too much about where it's going . . .