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September 2021


From ACM Opinion

What Social Media Needs to Learn from Traditional Media

What Social Media Needs to Learn from Traditional Media

The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did


From ACM Opinion

Yann LeCun Talks Research Beginnings and Recent Developments

Yann LeCun Talks Research Beginnings and Recent Developments

Deep-learning pioneer discusses early days in image-processing and developments in self-supervised learning for computer vision


From ACM Opinion

How GitHub COO Erica Brescia Runs the Coding Gold Mines

How GitHub COO Erica Brescia Runs the Coding Gold Mines

Tech leader discusses the state of GitHub's infrastructure, open source software philosophies, and more


From ACM Opinion

Who's Building the Foundation Models of the Future?

Who's Building the Foundation Models of the Future?

Curation, auditing, and evaluation of so-called 'foundation models' should not be left to the tech industry.


From ACM Opinion

The Imperative for Sustainable AI Systems

The Imperative for Sustainable AI Systems

The impact of AI's massive carbon footprint is social, not just environmental


From ACM Opinion

Apple and Facebook Are Coming for Your Face Next

Apple and Facebook Are Coming for Your Face Next

The face computer is coming—brace yourself


From ACM Opinion

Building Computer Models That See Everything

Building Computer Models That See Everything

Advanced modeling and experimental techniques help computational neuroscientist understand how our minds try to perceive the world


From ACM Opinion

What Is Facebook?

What Is Facebook?

It's a question that's bedeviled the company's own executives for years


From ACM Opinion

Politics Will Be Poorer Without Angela Merkel's Scientific Approach

Politics Will Be Poorer Without Angela Merkel's Scientific Approach

The departing German chancellor's support for science and rigour in policymaking has proved transformative—except on climate change.


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Where Should Information Go to Be Safe?

Where Should Information Go to Be Safe?

Enterprise data is safest in the cloud and in the 'fog', according to one expert


From ACM Opinion

Donald Knuth: The Father of Algorithm Analysis

Donald Knuth: The Father of Algorithm Analysis

Turing Award winner talks programming, algorithms, the meaning of life, and more


From ACM Opinion

Machine Learning Won't Solve Natural Language Understanding

Machine Learning Won't Solve Natural Language Understanding

Data-driven approaches to NLU are psychologically, cognitively, and computationally implausible.


From ACM Opinion

The Third Revolution in Warfare

The Third Revolution in Warfare

First there was gunpowder. Then nuclear weapons. Next: artificially intelligent weapons.


From ACM Opinion

Talking Secure Coding

Talking Secure Coding

Security expert discusses the importance of secure coding, how to improve adoption, best practices, and more


From ACM Opinion

The World Is Running Out of Microchips—Here's the Solution

The World Is Running Out of Microchips—Here's the Solution

Microchips are produced by a few large companies; an open-source design approach could end their dominance


From ACM Opinion

Battery Pioneer Akira Yoshino Talks Tesla, Apple, and the Electric Future

Battery Pioneer Akira Yoshino Talks Tesla, Apple, and the Electric Future

2019 Nobel Prize winner discusses the prospect of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and autonomous electric vehicles that charge themselves


From ACM Opinion

How Open Source Software Shapes AI Policy

How Open Source Software Shapes AI Policy

And why it is largely absent from policy discussions on artificial intelligence


From ACM Opinion

Did DeepMind Just Take a Big Step Toward More Human-Like AI?

Did DeepMind Just Take a Big Step Toward More Human-Like AI?

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.


From ACM Opinion

The Global Research Community Must Not Abandon Afghanistan

The Global Research Community Must Not Abandon Afghanistan

Vulnerable Afghan researchers need the international research community’s support


From ACM Opinion

Here's Why Tech Companies Are Suddenly Focused on Child Safety

Here's Why Tech Companies Are Suddenly Focused on Child Safety

Tech colossi are responding to shifting political winds and trying to preempt new, impending regulations


From ACM Opinion

Can We Handle the Truth about Cybersecurity?

Can We Handle the Truth about Cybersecurity?

Standardizing disclosure rules while ensuring transparency can strengthen our total cybersecurity landscape


From ACM Opinion

There's a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks

There's a Better Way to Stop Ransomware Attacks

Adopt and enforce regulations for the cryptocurrency industry that are equivalent to traditional banking


From Communications of the ACM

Protecting the Global Internet from Technology Cold Wars

Protecting the Global Internet from Technology Cold Wars

Considering the perceived dangers of the global information flow.


From Communications of the ACM

Security Done Right Can Make Smart Cities Wise

Security Done Right Can Make Smart Cities Wise

Seeking security improvements for smart cities.


From Communications of the ACM

Women's Lives in Code

Women's Lives in Code

Exploring Ellen Ullman's 'Close to the Machine' and AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire.'


From Communications of the ACM

Back of the Envelope

Back of the Envelope

Back-of-the-envelope calculations are a powerful professional practice.


From Communications of the ACM

Testing Educational Digital Games

Testing Educational Digital Games

Diversifying usability studies utilizing rapid application development.


From Communications of the ACM

Whose Smartphone Is It?

Whose Smartphone Is It?

Should two private companies have complete control over the world's cellphones?


From Communications of the ACM

AI Ethics: A Call to Faculty

AI Ethics

Integrating ethics into artificial intelligence education and development.


From Communications of the ACM

Playing With, and Against, Computers

Playing With, and Against, Computers

2019 ACM Computing Prize recipient David Silver on developing the AlphaGo algorithm, his fascination with Go, and on teaching computers to play.

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