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January 2022


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Efforts to Rein In Big Tech May Be Running Out of Time

Efforts to Rein In Big Tech May Be Running Out of Time

Congressional bills aimed at the tech industry need to be addressed before political attention turns to midterms


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Facebook's Unglamorous Mistakes

Facebook's Unglamorous Mistakes

Facebook's little mistakes have big consequences, too, but only for us


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Is LiDAR on Its Way Out?

Is LiDAR on Its Way Out?

As automation proliferates, sensing is increasingly moving toward software and away from LiDAR


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Avoiding Defects in C Programming

Avoiding Defects in C Programming

Computer security specialist details tools and techniques developers can use to write secure code in C


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The Age of AI-ism

The Age of AI-ism

Is artificial intelligence an existenstial risk to humanity?


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Why Better AI May Depend on Fake Data

Why Better AI May Depend on Fake Data

Synthetic data can provide AI with a broader education than real-world data, but challenges exist


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The Real Action for Tech Regulation Is Far from Washington, D.C.

The Real Action for Tech Regulation Is Far from Washington, D.C.

Congress doesn't seem ready to take on privacy or competition, but states are refusing to wait around


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Why the FTC Attempt to Stop Tech 'Surveillance' Faces Long Odds

Why the FTC Attempt to Stop Tech 'Surveillance' Faces Long Odds

Lina Khan's FTC has experienced a series of delays in trying to enact new privacy rules


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Dems Will Probably Miss Chance to Shape Crypto Regulation

Dems Will Probably Miss Chance to Shape Crypto Regulation

Both houses of Congress are back in session with a packed agenda, and way down on that priority list is regulating crypto


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I Am Therefore I Think

I Am Therefore I Think

Scientists say social interaction is 'the dark matter of AI'


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The Dangers of Treating AI like a God

The Dangers of Treating AI like a God

We should be more critical of those making decisions about how AI is used, says anthropologist Beth Singler


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Robot Learning at Google and Generalization via Language

Robot Learning at Google and Generalization via Language

Google Robotics research scientist Eric Jang talks about robotic manipulation and self-supervised robotic learning


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Individual AI, a New Technology that Will Change Our World?

Individual AI, a New Technology that Will Change Our World?

Is the next version of AI a technological symbiosis of the human brain and the computer system?


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Deep Learning Can't Be Trusted

Deep Learning Can't Be Trusted

Brain modeling pioneer Stephen Grossberg explains why his ART model is better


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Crypto Means Freedom to Garry Kasparov

Crypto Means Freedom to Garry Kasparov

The chess grandmaster expects a basket of coins to replace the dollar within a decade.


From Communications of the ACM

Epic Versus Apple and the Future of App Stores

Epic Versus Apple and the Future of App Stores

Seeking a more equitable way to govern and distribute the revenues generated by App-store marketplaces.


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Addressing Algorithmic Discrimination

Addressing Algorithmic Discrimination

Considering the intersection of technical design and civil rights when building and using classification algorithms.


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The Long Road Ahead to Transition to Post-Quantum Cryptography

The Long Road Ahead to Transition to Post-Quantum Cryptography

Anticipating the output of the competition for new cryptographic algorithms.


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Even If Users Do Not Read Security Directives, Their Behavior Is Not So Catastrophic

Even If Users Do Not Read Security Directives, Their Behavior Is Not So Catastrophic

Turning believers into nonbelievers.


From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence Across Company Borders

Artificial Intelligence Across Company Borders

Enabling effective cross-company AI without data disclosure.


From Communications of the ACM

The Growing Cost of Deep Learning for Source Code

The Growing Cost of Deep Learning for Source Code

Attempting to mitigate problems associated with the trend toward massive dataset scaling.

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Log4j and the Thankless High-Risk Task of Managing Software Component Upgrades
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Managing included versions of third-party software components too often puts developers in no-win situations.

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