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BCS calls for computer coding in scientific research to be more professional
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BCS calls for computer coding in scientific research to be more professional

A BCS position paper finds the software coding practices of non-computer-science scientists to be insufficiently professional.

Technology Adoption
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Technology Adoption

The S-shaped curve of technology adoption is a welcome recurrence in an otherwise chaotic adoption world.

AI and Accessibility
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AI and Accessibility

A discussion of ethical considerations.

A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans
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A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans

A computer scientist argues that the quest for fully automated robots is misguided, perhaps even dangerous. His decades of warnings are gaining more attention. ...

Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?
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Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

The biggest social network in the world has the wrong idea for how to fight Covid-19 conspiracies.

Why Zoom Is Terrible
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Why Zoom Is Terrible

There's a reason video apps make you feel awkward and unfulfilled.

Machine Learning Engineers Will Not Exist In 10 Years.
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Machine Learning Engineers Will Not Exist In 10 Years.

The landscape is evolving quickly.

The First Modern Pandemic
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The First Modern Pandemic

Bill Gates considers the scientific advances needed to stop COVID-19.

When Technology Goes Awry
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When Technology Goes Awry

On engineers' obligation to tame their creations.

Contactless Sociability and Hybrid Communities of Place
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Contactless Sociability and Hybrid Communities of Place

What will the world be like after the COVID-19 crisis? A contactless sociality solves problems using the digital network and physical proximity.

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...

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...

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...

Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon
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Conferences in an Era of Expensive Carbon

Balancing sustainability and science.

Unsafe At Any Level
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Unsafe At Any Level

The U.S. NHTSA's levels of automation are a liability for automated vehicles.

 Towards a Conversational Agent that Can Chat About…Anything
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Towards a Conversational Agent that Can Chat About…Anything

In "Towards a Human-like Open-Domain Chatbot", we present Meena, a 2.6-billion-parameter end-to-end trained neural conversational model.

Why Connected Cars May Never Come
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Why Connected Cars May Never Come

John Paré tells the story of his first trip in an autonomous vehicle.

Virtual Reality Has An Accessibility Problem
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Virtual Reality Has An Accessibility Problem

Virtual reality has been touted as an "empathy machine" that lets users see what it's like to have a disability—but people with disabilities often can't use it....

Google and Amazon Make Us Worse People
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Google and Amazon Make Us Worse People

The narrowing of choice online all but forces us into decisions driven by impulse and necessity, eroding our values and conscience over time.
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