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December 2018


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Time Travel Is Possible, but Only If You Have an Object with Infinite Mass

Time Travel Is Possible, but Only If You Have an Object with Infinite Mass

The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course it is.


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The Robots Have Descended on Trump Country

The Robots Have Descended on Trump Country

The growing use of work robots and the deployment of artificial intelligence have been most disruptive in just those areas of the country that provided President Trump with crucial margins of support in 2016.


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What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

When a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant failed, leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere and water.


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Can the U.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?

Can the U.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?

Imagine, if you will (and you should), a big American tech executive being detained over unspecified charges while on a trip to Beijing.


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Huawei Reveals the Real Trade War With China

Huawei Reveals the Real Trade War With China

If you only scan the headlines, you could be forgiven for thinking that the U.S.-China trade war is mainly about tariffs.


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Is the U.S. Lagging in the Quest for Quantum Computing?

Is the U.S. Lagging in the Quest for Quantum Computing?

A quantum computer capable of breaking the strongest codes protecting online communications and computer data is highly unlikely to appear within the next decade, a new report says. But leading experts still recommend the U.S…


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Facebook's Top AI Scientist Says It's 'Dust' Without Artificial Intelligence

Facebook's Top AI Scientist Says It's 'Dust' Without Artificial Intelligence

Without artificial intelligence there wouldn't be much left of Facebook as we know it today.


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The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

In the fall of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson's administration announced a plan to consolidate hundreds of federal databases into one centralized National Data Bank.


From Communications of the ACM

Learning Machine Learning

Learning Machine Learning

A discussion of the rapidly evolving realm of machine learning.


From Communications of the ACM

A Chance Gardener

A Chance Gardener

Harvesting open source products and planting the next crop.


From Communications of the ACM

Point: Should AI Technology Be Regulated?: Yes, and Here's How

Point: Should AI Technology Be Regulated?

Considering the difficult technical and sociological issues affecting the regulation of artificial intelligence research and applications.


From Communications of the ACM

Counterpoint: Regulators Should Allow the Greatest Space for AI Innovation

Counterpoint: Regulators Should Allow the Greatest Space for AI Innovation

Permissionless innovation should be the governing policy for AI technologies.


From Communications of the ACM

Opportunities and Challenges in Search Interaction

Opportunities and Challenges in Search Interaction

Seeking to address a wider range of user requests toward task completion.

Blog at CACM
The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage
The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage
12.12.2018

Discovery of a previously unknown replica of the legendary Swiss Millionaire calculating machine at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Broadening Participation in Computing is Easier Than You Think
Broadening Participation in Computing is Easier Than You Think
12.11.2018

Some small steps that can make a big difference.

Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice
Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice
12.10.2018

Looking at some use cases for the adoption of big data in industries that deal with physical things, and drawing …

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Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame
Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame
12.14.2018

West was among the so-called "Hidden Figures" part of the …

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States
International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States
12.14.2018

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs …

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