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February 2020


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Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Twenty-three years after his loss to IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer, Garry Kasparov says people need to work with machines.


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The U.S. Needs a High-Tech Manhattan Project

The U.S. Needs a High-Tech Manhattan Project

The United States needs to wrest the high-tech initiative from China and re-establish American dominance in telecommunications, computation, artificial intelligence, and other key fields.


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Why We Can't Develop Voting Software That Works

Why We Can't Develop Voting Software That Works

Ever wonder why we could write software to get to the Moon, but not to count votes? Here are five reasons.


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We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'

We Need to Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'

Given how critical the cloud has become for a huge swath of the tech economy, maybe we should ask ourselves whether this infrastructure should be in the hands of a few trillion-dollar companies.


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Challenging the Myth of the 10x Programmer

Challenging the Myth of the 10x Programmer

A pervasive belief in software engineering is that some programmers are much better than others, and that their skills, abilities, and talents exert an outsized influence on an organization's success or failure. Data from a study…


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Towards a Conversational Agent that Can Chat About…Anything

 Towards a Conversational Agent that Can Chat About…Anything

In "Towards a Human-like Open-Domain Chatbot", we present Meena, a 2.6-billion-parameter end-to-end trained neural conversational model.


From ACM Opinion

Why Connected Cars May Never Come

Why Connected Cars May Never Come

John Paré tells the story of his first trip in an autonomous vehicle.


From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Momentum?

Are We Losing Momentum?

Estimating when the second half of the world will come online.


From Communications of the ACM

Are You Sure Your Software Will Not Kill Anyone?

Are You Sure Your Software Will Not Kill Anyone?

Using software to control potentially unsafe systems requires the use of new software and system engineering approaches.


From Communications of the ACM

Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans

Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans

How and where software should translate data into a human-readable form.


From Communications of the ACM

When Human-Computer Interaction Meets Community Citizen Science

When Human-Computer Interaction Meets Community Citizen Science

Empowering communities through citizen science.


From Communications of the ACM

Guiding Students to Develop Essential Skills

Guiding Students to Develop Essential Skills

Students should interact with one another to practice skills and construct their own understanding, with assistance from a teacher acting as a coach and guide — not a lecturer.

Blog at CACM
There is More Than One Way to Become a Good Programmer
There is More Than One Way to Become a Good Programmer
02.11.2020

A recent Communications of the ACM article casts aspersions on the innovative concept of code academy, a fast-developing approach to …

Talented Programmers Don't Tolerate Chaos
Talented Programmers Don't Tolerate Chaos
02.11.2020

Talented programmers will strive to structure chaos and write perfect code.

Why IT Professionals Get A Bad Rap For Their Communications
Why IT Professionals Get A Bad Rap For Their Communications
02.10.2020

Tips for improving business IT communications.

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EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
02.21.2020

Europe is backpedaling on facial recognition.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
02.21.2020

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in …

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