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July 2019


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Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry Us

Congress Wants to Solve Deepfakes by 2020. That Should Worry Us

Deepfakes are frightening, but so is Congress' rush to regulate them.


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Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Richard Feynman was unquestionably one of the outstanding physicists of the 20th century. In the area of philosophy of science, though, Feynman didn't really shine—to put it mildly.


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Our Disabilities Have Made Us Better Scientists

Our Disabilities Have Made Us Better Scientists

Scientific research is rarely designed to accommodate scientists with medical conditions or disabilities.


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Should Data Scientists Also Learn Social Sciences?

Should Data Scientists Also Learn Social Sciences?

The need of the hour is to become an active technological citizen which involves the ability to code and asking questions about how that code is going to affect work, life, and community.


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Caroline Criado Perez Explains the 'Gender Data Gap'

Caroline Criado Perez Explains the 'Gender Data Gap'

In Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez examines elements of the modern world that appear to be designed with less consideration for women, including smartphones and voice-recognition technologies.


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Navigating Digital Disruption

Navigating Digital Disruption

Darden Professor Michael Lenox shares his insights on helping incumbent firms face up to the challenges wrought by digitization.


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Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster

Teaching AIs to Make Mistakes Like Kids Would Help Them Learn Faster

Teaching artificial intelligence to think like children may make them better learners.


From Communications of the ACM

API Copyrights Revisited

API Copyrights Revisited

Deliberating on the main arguments in recent sets of briefs filed in support of Google's U.S. Supreme Court petition.


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Who Benefits?

Who Benefits?

Considering the case of smart cities.


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A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'

A New Labor Market for People with 'Coolabilities'

How the unique perspective and enhanced strengths accompanying disabilities can benefit the workforce.


From Communications of the ACM

GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful

GOTO Rankings Considered Helpful

Seeking to improve rankings by utilizing more objective data and meaningful metrics.

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Lazy Developers Are the Best Developers
Lazy Developers Are the Best Developers
07.15.2019

Lazy developers stick to the project scope while forcing the project team to understand and fix their own code and …

What Help Should We Provide to Students Learning to Program?
What Help Should We Provide to Students Learning to Program?
07.14.2019

Insights from a recent Dagstuhl Seminar on "Notional Machines and Programming Language Semantics in Education."

Leonardo's Self-driving Car
Leonardo's Self-driving Car
07.09.2019

Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago, had already designed a self-driving car.

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The Fantastic Seven
The Fantastic Seven
07.16.2019

Technion awarded honorary doctorates to seven distinguished men and women …

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
07.16.2019

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras …

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam
A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam
07.16.2019

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the Zoom videoconferencing desktop app …

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