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The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did
Deep-learning pioneer discusses early days in image-processing and developments in self-supervised learning for computer vision
Tech leader discusses the state of GitHub's infrastructure, open source software philosophies, and more
Curation, auditing, and evaluation of so-called 'foundation models' should not be left to the tech industry.
The impact of AI's massive carbon footprint is social, not just environmental
The face computer is coming—brace yourself
Advanced modeling and experimental techniques help computational neuroscientist understand how our minds try to perceive the world
It's a question that's bedeviled the company's own executives for years
The departing German chancellor's support for science and rigour in policymaking has proved transformative—except on climate change.
Enterprise data is safest in the cloud and in the 'fog', according to one expert
Turing Award winner talks programming, algorithms, the meaning of life, and more
Data-driven approaches to NLU are psychologically, cognitively, and computationally implausible.
First there was gunpowder. Then nuclear weapons. Next: artificially intelligent weapons.
Security expert discusses the importance of secure coding, how to improve adoption, best practices, and more
Microchips are produced by a few large companies; an open-source design approach could end their dominance
2019 Nobel Prize winner discusses the prospect of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and autonomous electric vehicles that charge themselves
And why it is largely absent from policy discussions on artificial intelligence
DeepMind researchers have created software agents that navigate a three-dimensional game world called XLand, where the agents learn from experience, by trial and error, how to play a vast number of simple games.
Vulnerable Afghan researchers need the international research community’s support
Tech colossi are responding to shifting political winds and trying to preempt new, impending regulations
Standardizing disclosure rules while ensuring transparency can strengthen our total cybersecurity landscape
Adopt and enforce regulations for the cryptocurrency industry that are equivalent to traditional banking
Considering the perceived dangers of the global information flow.
Seeking security improvements for smart cities.
Exploring Ellen Ullman's 'Close to the Machine' and AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire.'
Back-of-the-envelope calculations are a powerful professional practice.
Diversifying usability studies utilizing rapid application development.
Should two private companies have complete control over the world's cellphones?
Integrating ethics into artificial intelligence education and development.
2019 ACM Computing Prize recipient David Silver on developing the AlphaGo algorithm, his fascination with Go, and on teaching computers to play.
Who is Camille Noûs, who has contributed to hundreds of papers on Google Scholar?
By 2019, I generally thought there wasn't much that could surprise me about organizing meetups. Then Covid-19 hit. I was …
Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.