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Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email
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Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email

It's been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2,400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever...

Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer
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Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer

Timing is everything for Peter Hürzeler, a man for whom "good enough" simply isn't.

Will Massive Open Online Courses Change How We Teach?
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Will Massive Open Online Courses Change How We Teach?

Sharing recent experiences with the massive open artificial intelligence course developed and conducted by Stanford faculty Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.  

Why There Are Too Many Patents in America
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Why There Are Too Many Patents in America

Recently, while sitting as a trial judge, I dismissed a case in which Apple and Motorola had sued each other for alleged infringement of patents for components...

Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the Future of Computers
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Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the Future of Computers

Mountain Lion, the next big software cat for your Mac, has a gazillion new features. Too many to name, and frankly, to care about. But there's one you should pay...

'brave' Director Talks About the Pixar Process
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'brave' Director Talks About the Pixar Process

Mark Andrews has worked in animation and live-action as a storyboard artist, story supervisor, writer, and even as a voice actor, including The Incredibles, John...

Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'
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Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead to Cloud 'meltdowns'

As cloud computing becomes increasingly common, serious operational "meltdowns" could take place as end users and vendors mix, match, and bundle services for various...

How Google and Microsoft Taught Search to 'understand' the Web
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How Google and Microsoft Taught Search to 'understand' the Web

Despite the massive amounts of computing power dedicated by search engine companies to crawling and indexing trillions of documents on the Internet, search engines...

Where Speech Recognition Is Going
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Where Speech Recognition Is Going

Until recently, the idea of holding a conversation with a computer seemed pure science fiction. If you asked a computer to "open the pod bay doors"—well, that was...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

Q&A: A Sure Thing
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Q&A: A Sure Thing

Artificial intelligence pioneer Judea Pearl discusses probability, causation, the calculus of intervention, and counterfactuals.

Machines Shouldn't Grade Student Writing
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Machines Shouldn't Grade Student Writing

In 2002, Indiana rolled out computer scoring of its 11th grade state writing exam.

5 Questions with the Creator of the First Ipad-Made Ios Game
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5 Questions with the Creator of the First Ipad-Made Ios Game

Rui Viana isn't a full-time app developer and he hasn't learned how to use Apple's iOS software development kit.

Crossing the Software Education Chasm
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Crossing the Software Education Chasm

An Agile approach that exploits cloud computing.

Programming Goes Back to School
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Programming Goes Back to School

Broadening participation by integrating game design into middle school curricula. View a video featuring author Alexander Repenning about using games to introduce...

Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card
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Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card

I can imagine Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle Wednesday morning, reading the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit on a gigantic Kindle Fire XL prototype, and...

Fixing the Brain With Computers
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Fixing the Brain With Computers

Disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease are being treated with neuroimplants, says St. Louis University...

Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?
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Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?

Ninety-nine percent of what we know about the solar system came to us from unmanned probes.  

Reading CS Classics
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Reading CS Classics

Revisiting required reading.

COLT/ICML Open Problems and ICML Instructions
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COLT/ICML Open Problems and ICML Instructions

Open problems will be presented in a joint session in the evening of the COLT/ICML overlap day. If you have a difficult, theoretically definable problem in machine...
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