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November 2019


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Dan Jacobson On ORNL's Algorithms for Climate-Resilient Crops

Dan Jacobson On ORNL's Algorithms for Climate-Resilient Crops

Dan Jacobson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a few ideas on how artificial intelligence might impact agriculture, the food industry, and the field of bioengineering.


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Removing the risk of AI bias in the public sector

Removing the risk of AI bias in the public sector

What practical steps can be taken to drive ethical, unbiased AI use in the public sector?


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Why Cybersecurity Should Be India's Foremost Priority

Why Cybersecurity Should Be India's Foremost Priority

Attacks on embedded systems and IoT have increased in India.


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How to Improve Technical Expertise for Judges In AI-Related Litigation

How to Improve Technical Expertise for Judges In AI-Related Litigation

There are several things court systems and professional organizations should do to enhance the technical capabilities of judges.


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Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

We are heading down the dystopian path. Trolling has become a mainstream form, if not the mainstream form of political discourse.


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Is the Computer Science Degree Dead?

Is the Computer Science Degree Dead?

Recent trends point to a decline in traditional education due to changing views and alternative education opportunities.


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Computing Ethics Are a Board Concern

Computing Ethics Are a Board Concern

Five recommendations for directors by Marty J. Wolf on where to start.


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Should Computer Science Be Required?

Should Computer Science Be Required?

At far too many institutions today, students who are not computer science majors encounter severe enrollment caps and watered-down or limited courses, writes Robert Sedgewick.


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We Shouldn't be Scared by 'Superintelligent A.I.'

We Shouldn't be Scared by 'Superintelligent A.I.'

Bostrom, Russell, and other writers argue that even if the probability is small that superintelligent machines will emerge in the foreseeable future, we should start preparing for it now.


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Europe's Controversial Digital Copyright Directive Finalized

Europe's Controversial Digital Copyright Directive Finalized

Considering the new liability risks for ISPs, search engines, and news aggregators under recent EU-wide mandatory rules.


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Computational Thinking Should Just be Good Thinking

Computational Thinking Should Just be Good Thinking

Seeking to change computing teaching to improve computer science.


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An Interview with Leonard Kleinrock

An Interview with Leonard Kleinrock

The UCLA professor and networking pioneer reflects on his career in industry and academia.


From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms, Platforms, and Ethnic Bias

Algorithms, Platforms, and Ethnic Bias

How computing platforms and algorithms can potentially either reinforce or identify and address ethnic biases.

Blog at CACM
Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion
Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion
11.04.2019

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter's works.

The Size of Computing Education Today, By The Numbers
The Size of Computing Education Today, By The Numbers
11.03.2019

 How many students learn general-purpose programming today, compared to using other computing environments or learning other STEM subjects?

The Shortest Possible Schedule Theorem: Yes, You Can Throw Money at Software Deadlines
The Shortest Possible Schedule Theorem: Yes, You Can Throw Money at Software Deadlines
10.27.2019

As close as we have to a universal law of software engineering management.

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Hyundai researchers developed next-generation active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.

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