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We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'
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We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'

Given how critical the cloud has become for a huge swath of the tech economy, maybe we should ask ourselves whether this infrastructure should be in the hands of...

Challenging the Myth of the 10x Programmer
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Challenging the Myth of the 10x Programmer

A pervasive belief in software engineering is that some programmers are much better than others, and that their skills, abilities, and talents exert an outsized...

 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....

Does Artificial Intelligence Technology Foreshadow a New Arms Race?
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Does Artificial Intelligence Technology Foreshadow a New Arms Race?

The possibility of an artificial intelligence arms race poses a threat to international security similar to that of a conventional or nuclear armament race.

AI Isn't a Solution to All Our Problems
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AI Isn't a Solution to All Our Problems

It's simply a tool—and hardly a perfect one

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.

Guiding Students to Develop Essential Skills
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Guiding Students to Develop Essential Skills

Students should interact with one another to practice skills and construct their own understanding, with assistance from a teacher acting as a coach and guide —...

We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.
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We're Banning Facial Recognition. We're Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.

Don't Give Your Dot-org Domain Away to a Private Company
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Don't Give Your Dot-org Domain Away to a Private Company

One of the Internet's most trusted assets — the dot-org domain used by nonprofits from UNICEF to your local food bank — is being hijacked.

We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now
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We're Approaching the Limits of Computer Power – We Need New Programmers Now

Ever-faster processors led to bloated software, but physical limits may force a return to the concise code of the past.

Host of Problems with Facebook Deepfake Ban, Expert Says
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Host of Problems with Facebook Deepfake Ban, Expert Says

Facebook's newly announced ban on deepfake videos presents a number of challenges in the fight against the spread of misinformation, says Tim Weninger, associate...

Shaking Up the Diversity Pipeline
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Shaking Up the Diversity Pipeline

Jordan Pedraza of Handshake discusses how the company is democratizing access to career opportunities for college students of color.

Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy
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Ethics of Technology Needs More Political Philosophy

Incorporating considerations of reasonable pluralism, individual agency, and legitimate authority.

Von Neumann Thought Turing's Universal Machine was 'Simple and Neat.'
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Von Neumann Thought Turing's Universal Machine was 'Simple and Neat.': But That Didn't Tell Him How to Design a Computer

New discoveries answer an old question.

Yoshua Bengio, Revered Architect of AI, Has Some Ideas About What to Build Next
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Yoshua Bengio, Revered Architect of AI, Has Some Ideas About What to Build Next

The Turing Award winner wants AI systems that can reason, plan, and imagine

Why 'Move Fast and Break Things' Doesn't Work Anymore
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Why 'Move Fast and Break Things' Doesn't Work Anymore

For the past few decades, agility in the technology sector has largely meant moving faster and faster down a predetermined path.

Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People
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Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People

And maybe start including them in research instead of just assuming we know what they want.

Artificial Intelligence and the Adversary
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Artificial Intelligence and the Adversary

The AI that our top scientists and engineers are now building to advance American security and prosperity could instead sow the seeds of our demise.
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