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May 2022


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Code Breaker: Meet the Man Who Virtually Invented Computer Art

Code Breaker: Meet the Man Who Virtually Invented Computer Art

Herbert W. Franke's digital work is finally being recognized as revolutionary after being rejected and scorned in the 1950s.


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We Should Not Try to Make Conscious Software—Until We Should

We Should Not Try to Make Conscious Software—Until We Should

Eventually, the most ethical option might be to divert all resources toward building very happy machines.


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Why All Cryptocurrency Should "Die in a Fire"

Why All Cryptocurrency Should "Die in a Fire"

Computer scientist Nicholas Weaver thinks cryptocurrency is a terrible idea that will end in disaster.


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Artificial Intelligence Is Breaking Patent Law

Artificial Intelligence Is Breaking Patent Law

Inventions devised by machines require their own intellectual property law and an international treaty.


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AI's Threats to Jobs and Human Happiness Are Real

AI's Threats to Jobs and Human Happiness Are Real

But short-term job chaos will give way to long-term prosperity, says artificial intelligence expert Kai-Fu Lee.


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Crashing Crypto: Is This Time Different?

Crashing Crypto: Is This Time Different?

Beyond speculation, cryptocurrency's value in economic transactions is hard to discern.


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How to Write Software with Mathematical Perfection

How to Write Software with Mathematical Perfection

Leslie Lamport revolutionized how computers talk to each other, and now he's working on how engineers talk to their machines.


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Claims That Girls Have a 'Natural' Aversion to Physics Are Harmful

Claims That Girls Have a 'Natural' Aversion to Physics Are Harmful

Girls are just as capable as boys in science and mathematics, but ingrained attitudes are stopping female students from engaging.


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The Woman Who Brought Female Representation to Games

The Woman Who Brought Female Representation to Games

The year-long search for Wabbit creator Van Mai comes to a happy conclusion.


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The Problem with Blaming Robots for Taking Our Jobs

The Problem with Blaming Robots for Taking Our Jobs

For decades, the effects of automation have been fiercely debated. Are we missing the bigger picture?


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U.S. Needs New 'Manhattan Project' to Avoid Cyber Catastrophe

U.S. Needs New 'Manhattan Project' to Avoid Cyber Catastrophe

Without dramatic action, a cyber catastrophe is nearly inevitable.

 


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Mark Zuckerberg on His Big Metaverse Bet

Mark Zuckerberg on His Big Metaverse Bet

Meta CEO explains why he is committed to the metaverse and able to make bets that others will not.


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Lessons From Deploying Deep Learning to Production

Lessons From Deploying Deep Learning to Production

Peter Gao, an early engineer at Cruise, reflects on his experience deploying deep-learning models into production.


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Can Large Language Models Be Democratized?

Can Large Language Models Be Democratized?

The very nature of large language models is undemocratic and in favor of the companies that publicize them.


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Don't Be Dazzled by Claims of Artificial Intelligence

Don't Be Dazzled by Claims of Artificial Intelligence

Media coverage must hold tech companies to account over claims about AI.


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Computers Have Memories Too

Computers Have Memories Too

Simons Foundation Junior Fellow Sebastian Wolff discusses his quest to simplify the switch between the two deletion processes.


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Turning a Million-Qubit Quantum Computing Dream into Reality

Turning a Million-Qubit Quantum Computing Dream into Reality

Intel's director of quantum hardware talks about quantum computing's reliance on the next generation of chips.


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AI Companies Are Massively Faking the Loophole in the Turing Test

AI Companies Are Massively Faking the Loophole in the Turing Test

Claims that an AI has achieved human levels of understanding should be approached with skepticism until it can be shown that humans were not involved.


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Future of Computer Science Is in Its Application to Daily Life

Future of Computer Science Is in Its Application to Daily Life

Microsoft India CTO Shivkumar Kalyanaraman believes computer science's future will be based on how it can be applied as a utility.


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Beyond Interpretability: Developing a Language to Shape Our Relationships with AI

Beyond Interpretability: Developing a Language to Shape Our Relationships with AI

Wouldn't it be nice if we could ask AI questions to learn how and why it makes its predictions?


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Designing Software for Research Ethics

Designing Software for Research Ethics

Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Zong found a lack of systems that earn and maintain public trust in large-scale online research, so he made one.


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Tech Companies Are Not Ready for a Post-Roe Era

Tech Companies Are Not Ready for a Post-Roe Era

The mortal threat to Roe was not taken seriously by many in corporate America, and that apathy will now come back to haunt them.


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To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds

To Win the Next War, the Pentagon Needs Nerds

Data scientists, coders, and other techies could prove decisive in future conflicts—if Uncle Sam can recruit them.


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To Make AI Fair, Here's What Must Be Done

To Make AI Fair, Here's What Must Be Done

AI developers need to collaborate with social scientists and the people affected by its applications.


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It Is Okay to Opt out of the Crypto Revolution

It Is Okay to Opt out of the Crypto Revolution

The crypto industry is investing heavily in getting more people to buy in, but that does not mean you have to.


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How Language-Generation AIs Could Transform Science

How Language-Generation AIs Could Transform Science

University of Michigan's Shobita Parthasarathy warns that software designed to summarize, translate, and write like humans might exacerbate distrust in science.


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Nobody Knows Where the Red Line Is for Cyberwarfare

Nobody Knows Where the Red Line Is for Cyberwarfare

Is offense the best defense? Or would threats of retaliation keep an enemy in check?


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The Future of Linux

The Future of Linux

Fedora project leader Matthew Miller weighs in.


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Two Paths for Digital Disability Law

Two Paths for Digital Disability Law

Understanding the legal drivers of efforts to make technology accessible.


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Cybersecurity as Illuminator for the Future of Computing Research

Cybersecurity as Illuminator for the Future of Computing Research

Considering the shifting fundamentals of cybersecurity research.

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