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How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus
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How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

The United States can learn from other countries to track the pandemic while still protecting privacy.

The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases
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The Role of Robotics in Managing Public Health and Infectious Diseases

As the COVID-19 epidemic escalates, robots have the potential to be deployed for disinfection, delivering medications and food, measuring vital signs, and assisting...

Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT
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Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT

Postdoc Ritu Raman speaks about the WISDM platform she developed to highlight female speakers at MIT.

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology
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AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

At its core, "artificial intelligence" is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.

Reinventing Virtual Machines
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Reinventing Virtual Machines

The notion of scalable operating systems led Mendel Rosenblum to virtual machines, which have revolutionized datacenters and enabled modern cloud computing.

A Taxonomy of Automated Assistants
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A Taxonomy of Automated Assistants

Rating your intelligent (human or automated) assistant.

Organizing Family Support Services at ACM Conferences
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Organizing Family Support Services at ACM Conferences

Seeking to improve access to conferences and provide support for attendees with children.

Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?
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Why Is Cybersecurity Not a Human-Scale Problem Anymore?

Examining the structure of the enterprise attack surface in view of the relative ease with which cyberdefenses can be subverted.

Master of Tickets
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Master of Tickets

Valuing the quality, not the quantity, of work.

The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance
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The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance

Are universities the next cautionary tale?

How We Got Our Start In The Tech Industry
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How We Got Our Start In The Tech Industry

Six black women discuss how they got started in tech, provide advice to other black women looking to start in the industry, and suggest what tech companies can...

Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor
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Why Being A Programmer Will Make Me A Better Doctor

A few years of experience have shown me that some lessons I've learned from being a programmer generalize wonderfully into my life as a medical student.

Let Evolution Design Your Robot
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Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs
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Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs

Co-authors Alan Lundgard, Crystal Lee, and Arvind Satyanarayan discuss "Sociotechnical Considerations for Accessible Visualization Design," published in the journal IEEE...

Joe Steinmeyer on Guiding Students Into the World of STEM
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Joe Steinmeyer on Guiding Students Into the World of STEM

Joe Steinmeyer, a principal lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has taught more than 400 students in various Office...

Interview with Claire Le Goues
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Interview with Claire Le Goues

Claire Le Goues, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, describes the similarities of high school debate and computer science, why it's fun to take...

Eric Schmidt: I Used to Run Google. Silicon Valley Could Lose to China.
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Eric Schmidt: I Used to Run Google. Silicon Valley Could Lose to China.

We can't win the technology wars without the federal government's help.

How to Know if Artificial Intelligence is About to Destroy Civilization
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How to Know if Artificial Intelligence is About to Destroy Civilization

These canaries in the coal mines of AI would be signs that superintelligent robot overlords are approaching.

Should Government Halt the Use of Facial-Recognition Technology?
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Should Government Halt the Use of Facial-Recognition Technology?

Critics say false positives are far higher for some groups of people than for others, but supporters of the technology says the actual numbers involved are tiny...
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