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May 2017


From ACM Opinion

What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?

What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?

As devastating as the latest widespread ransomware attacks have been, it's a problem with a solution.


From ACM Opinion

Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You

Here's How Trump's FCC Affects You

President Trump rarely spoke about the Federal Communications Commission during his campaign or after entering the White House.


From ACM Opinion

The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It

The VR Future Is Here but No One Can Agree on a Name for It

At the VR keynote at Google's IO developer conference, a slide appeared on screen to start the morning's presentation. Clay Bavor, head of AR and VR for Google, explained the spectrum of virtual and augmented experiences that…


From ACM Opinion

Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It

Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It

What's the best way to foster a better web? Maybe subscriptions.


From ACM Opinion

Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises, and Pitfalls, of Easy Genetic Modification

Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises, and Pitfalls, of Easy Genetic Modification

For $150, you can buy a Crispr kit online and use it to engineer heartier gut bacteria in your kitchen.


From ACM Opinion

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.


From ACM Opinion

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology touches almost all dimensions of 21st-century American lives…


From ACM Opinion

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.


From ACM Opinion

Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!

Forget Mars, Let's Go Colonize Titan!

For a while now, there's been a debate in the US over how to direct NASA's next major human spaceflight initiative.


From ACM Opinion

Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software

Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software

Tech companies and investors have recently been piling money into artificial intelligence—and plenty has been trickling down to chip maker Nvidia.


From ACM Opinion

The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy

The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy

You only have to look to newsworthy FBI investigations to see how pervasive U.S. government leaders' digital illiteracy can be.


From ACM Opinion

How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful

How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful

Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few clicks.


From ACM Opinion

Online Voting Won't Save Democracy

Online Voting Won't Save Democracy

Technology can do a lot more to make our elections more secure and reliable, and to ensure that participation in the democratic process is available to all.


From ACM Opinion

FCC Chief Makes Case for Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'

FCC Chief Makes Case for Tackling Net Neutrality Violations 'After The Fact'

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to formally begin the process of loosening regulations that enforce the so-called net neutrality rules for Internet providers.


From ACM Opinion

Russian Disinformation Technology 

Russian Disinformation Technology 

On July 17, 2014, as passengers checked in at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, "Necro Mancer"(@666_mancer) tweeted about an unusual convoy 1,500 miles east in Ukraine.


From ACM Opinion

The Wireless Future Ties Us Down More Than Ever

The Wireless Future Ties Us Down More Than Ever

As I add more cordless, smart, and rechargeable stuff to my life, I've run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it's time to charge them. The issue really undercuts the whole "freedom…


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Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology

Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology

Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt for a conversation with CSAIL Director Daniela Rus…


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Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

Google and Facebook's Idealistic Futures Are Built on Ads

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he'd decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company.


From ACM Opinion

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible.


From Communications of the ACM

The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection

The Anonymization Debate Should Be About Risk, Not Perfection

Focusing on the process of anonymity rather than pursuing the unattainable goal of guaranteed safety.


From Communications of the ACM

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty to Address Challenges in Teaching Computer Science

Using a "boot camp" workshop for new faculty orientation.


From Communications of the ACM

Toward a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Surmounting the Obstacles

Toward a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A 10-point plan toward fashioning a proposal to ban some — if not all — lethal autonomous weapons.

Blog at CACM
The Mythical Brooks Law
The Mythical Brooks Law
05.22.2017

Yes, you can make a project less late by adding manpower. If you are a good manager.

Will Machine Learning Prevent Us From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?
Will Machine Learning Prevent Us From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?
05.20.2017

At TURC, ACM leaders consider the future of AI, and I ask about the implications for computing education

Older Adults Learning Computer Programming: Motivations, Frustrations, and Design Opportunities
Older Adults Learning Computer Programming: Motivations, Frustrations, and Design Opportunities
05.15.2017

I summarize the first known research study of older adults (aged 60 and over) learning computer programming.

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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI
Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI
05.23.2017

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity …

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017
In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017
05.23.2017

Sammet was the first female president of ACM, and a …

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites
Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites
05.23.2017

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.

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