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September 2020


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Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act serves as Facebook and Google's get-out-of-jail-free card for conspiracies and disinformation.


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AI Ruined Chess. Now, It's Making the Game Beautiful Again

AI Ruined Chess. Now, It's Making the Game Beautiful Again

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik teamed up with AI researchers at Alphabet's DeepMind lab to test game variants that can jolt chess players into creative new patterns.


From ACM Opinion

When Algorithms Give Real Students Imaginary Grades

When Algorithms Give Real Students Imaginary Grades

In-person final exams were canceled for thousands of students this spring, so computers stepped in — to disastrous effect.


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Netflix's Reed Hastings Deems Remote Work 'a Pure Negative'

Netflix's Reed Hastings Deems Remote Work 'a Pure Negative'

Reed Hastings, a founder and co-chief executive of Netflix Inc., discusses working from home, returning to the office, delivering candid feedback, and more.


From ACM Opinion

Q&A: Teradata CTO Stephen Brobst

Q&A: Teradata CTO Stephen Brobst

Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer of Teradata., discusses his career path, his time with customers, storing programs on cassette tape, and more.


From Communications of the ACM

A Recent Renaissance in Privacy Law

A Recent Renaissance in Privacy Law

Considering the recent increased attention to privacy law issues amid the typically slow pace of legal change.


From Communications of the ACM

Autonomous Vehicle Safety: Lessons from Aviation

Autonomous Vehicle Safety

How more than 25years of experience with aviation safety-critical systems can be applied to autonomous vehicle systems.


From Communications of the ACM

Avalanches Make Us All Innovators

Avalanches Make Us All Innovators

Avalanches generate enormous breakdowns. The practices of innovation adoption may be just what you need to resolve them.


From Communications of the ACM

'Have You Thought About . . .': Talking About Ethical Implications of Research

'Have You Thought About . . .'

Considering the good and the bad effects of technology.


From Communications of the ACM

Integrating Management Science Into the HPC Research Ecosystem

Integrating Management Science Into the HPC Research Ecosystem

How management science benefits from High Performance Computing.

Blog at CACM
Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students
Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students
09.21.2020

The case of the Introduction to Computer Science course.

Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World
Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World
09.21.2020

A rare find: the user manual of the oldest surviving computer in the world, the Zuse Z4 relay machine (1945).

The Laughing is Over
The Laughing is Over
09.18.2020

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Computer Chess Championship in 1970.

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Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles
Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles
09.21.2020

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich say they have …

Majority of Europeans Would Consider Human Augmentation, Study Finds
Majority of Europeans Would Consider Human Augmentation, Study Finds
09.21.2020

A survey of more than 14,000 people in 16 countries …

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
09.21.2020

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth …

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