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In Praise of the Disassembler
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In Praise of the Disassembler

There is much to be learned from the lower-level details of hardware.

Responsible AI
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Responsible AI: Bridging From Ethics to Practice

Recommendations for increasing the benefits of artificial intelligence technologies.

Science Needs to Engage With Society
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Science Needs to Engage With Society: Some Lessons From COVID-19

Recent experiences toward communicating science to the general public.

The Domestic Computer Science Graduate Students Are There, We Just Need to Recruit Them
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The Domestic Computer Science Graduate Students Are There, We Just Need to Recruit Them

Proven practices to recruit domestic computer science graduate students.

How Do We Stop the Supercomputing Carbon Crisis?
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How Do We Stop the Supercomputing Carbon Crisis?

Efficiency measures are struggling to keep pace with, let alone make headway on, the accelerating demands of modern supercomputers.

An Interview with Jim Keller: 'The Laziest Person at Tesla'
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An Interview with Jim Keller: 'The Laziest Person at Tesla'

Veteran chip designer covers his past lives, Moore's Law, AI-designed chips, security, ethics, and more.

 The Next Critical Talent Shortage Won't Be Fortran
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The Next Critical Talent Shortage Won't Be Fortran

To understand where talent shortages might arise, look at critical infrastructure.

Lessons From the Loo
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Lessons From the Loo

Illustrating privacy concepts with potty talk.

Responsible Computing During COVID-19 and Beyond
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Responsible Computing During COVID-19 and Beyond

Navigating the ethical and societal impacts of technologies.

The Limits of Differential Privacy (and Its Misuse in Data Release and Machine Learning)
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The Limits of Differential Privacy (and Its Misuse in Data Release and Machine Learning)

Differential privacy is not a silver bullet for all privacy problems.

Why Computing Students Should Contribute to Open Source Software Projects
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Why Computing Students Should Contribute to Open Source Software Projects

Acquiring developer-prized practical skills, knowledge, and experiences.

The 2021 Software Developer Shortage Is Coming
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The 2021 Software Developer Shortage Is Coming

Companies must address the difficulty of hiring and retaining high-skilled employees from an increasingly smaller labor supply.

Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research
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Collusion Rings Threaten the Integrity of Computer Science Research

Experiences discovering attempts to subvert the peer-review process.

A Vision to Compute like Nature
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A Vision to Compute like Nature: Thermodynamically

Advocating a new, physically grounded, computational paradigm centered on thermodynamics and an emerging understanding of using thermodynamics to solve problems...

Locality and Professional Life
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Locality and Professional Life

The locality principle extends beyond computer memories. It teaches us something about being human.

Aversion to Versions
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Aversion to Versions

Code needs to run anywhere as long as the necessary dependencies can be resolved.

The Risks of Election Believability (or Lack Thereof)
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The Risks of Election Believability (or Lack Thereof)

With 90% of the 2020 U.S. general election ballot contents verifiable by paper, why do only 65% of voters trust the results?

Data Scientists' Important Role in Defeating COVID Vaccine Skepticism
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Data Scientists' Important Role in Defeating COVID Vaccine Skepticism

Without a basic understanding of data measures and how they're computed, data-driven vaccine safety and effectiveness messages can become meaningless sound bites...

Stop Talking About AI Ethics. It's Time to Talk About Power
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Stop Talking About AI Ethics. It's Time to Talk About Power

AI scholar Kate Crawford explores the history of artificial intelligence and its impact on the physical world in her new book, Atlas of AI.

How to Make the Most of Remote Tech Interviews
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How to Make the Most of Remote Tech Interviews

Mark Kinsella, vice president of engineering at Opendoor Technologies, provides tips on best practices for remote tech interviews.
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