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February 2019


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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated…


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What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump's Executive Order on AI Is Missing

President Trump signed an executive order on February 11 meant to shore up our competitive position in the international race for AI supremacy, but it is short on concrete steps.


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This Is Why AI Has Yet to Reshape Most Businesses

This Is Why AI Has Yet to Reshape Most Businesses

The art of making perfumes and colognes hasn't changed much since the 1880s, when synthetic ingredients began to be used.


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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent have put America at the forefront of the current AI boom.


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The New Censors Won't Delete Your Words; They'll Drown Them Out

The New Censors Won't Delete Your Words; They'll Drown Them Out

Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth. Each day, the hero of George Orwell's "1984" "corrects" old newspapers to make sure that the information is in still accord with the current Party line.


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Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times?

Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times?

It's hard not to feel some whiplash when reading news about the media business these days.


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There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: "We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust." He was referring to blockchain, the system …


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How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

How Silicon Valley Puts the 'Con' in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Reading Amazon's terms and conditions alone out loud takes approximately nine hours.


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Google Assistant Is Getting Sci-Fi Ambitious

Google Assistant Is Getting Sci-Fi Ambitious

From 550 feet in the air, Google's Scott Huffman peers down at the Las Vegas skyline. It's a sunny afternoon in early January and, at the moment, Google owns this town.


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Trump Pledges Investment, But Is Silent on Key Tech Issues

Trump Pledges Investment, But Is Silent on Key Tech Issues

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump promised legislation to invest in "the cutting edge industries of the future." But the speech was characteristically backward-looking.


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People Don't Trust Blockchain Systems. Is Regulation a Way to Help?

People Don't Trust Blockchain Systems. Is Regulation a Way to Help?

Blockchain technology isn't as widely used as it could be, largely because blockchain users don't trust each other, as research shows.


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How to Land a Journal Cover

How to Land a Journal Cover

Researchers: Felice Frankel will make photographers of you all. Photography—both macro- and microscopic—is an essential tool in science, because pictures are both intuitive and emotionally resonant.


From Communications of the ACM

2018: A Big Year for Privacy

2018: A Big Year for Privacy

Retracing the pivotal privacy and security-related events and ensuing issues from the past year.


From Communications of the ACM

How Computer Science at CMU Is Attracting and Retaining Women

How Computer Science at CMU Is Attracting and Retaining Women

Carnegie Mellon University's successful efforts enrolling, sustaining, and graduating women in computer science challenge the belief in a gender divide in CS education.


From Communications of the ACM

Writing a Test Plan

Writing a Test Plan

Establish your hypotheses, methodologies, and expected results.


From Communications of the ACM

Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?

Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?

Considering the expression "computational thinking" as an entry point to understand why the fundamental contribution of computing to science is the shift from solving problems to having problems solved.


From Communications of the ACM

Tony's Law

Tony's Law

Seeking to promote regulations for reliable software for the long-term prosperity of the software industry.

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Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems
Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems
02.12.2019

Independent Audit of AI Systems is the next evolution of governance for artificial intelligence and automation.

What Is a Variable?
What Is a Variable?
01.31.2019

A stab at a definition, for outsiders, of what we in computing mean by the term "variable" raises more questions …

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