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January 2015


From ACM News

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.


From ACM Opinion

Digital Connectivity Should Become as Much a Right as Access to School

Digital Connectivity Should Become as Much a Right as Access to School

Speaking at the 102nd Indian Science Congress at Mumbai University, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India needs to nurture future generations of scientists. "Digital connectivity should become as much a basic right as access…


From ACM Opinion

What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115

In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use.


From ACM Opinion

If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases

If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases

Roughly a year and a half since the first Snowden disclosures, there's already been a judicial order to shut down the National Security Agency's bulk metadata collection program.


From ACM Opinion

The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015

The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015

As the clock strikes midnight on the new year, so begins the countdown to a new round of security threats and breaches that doubtless will unfold in 2015. But this year will be a little different.


From Communications of the ACM

What It Means to Receive the Turing Award

What It Means to Receive the Turing Award

The Turing Award gives us a unique opportunity to become ambassadors of our wonderful field. It increases our outside visibility and enables us to build bridges to other disciplines.


From Communications of the ACM

How Traditional Firms Must Compete in the Sharing Economy

How Traditional Firms Must Compete in the Sharing Economy

Considering the evolving relationship between established companies and their sharing-economy counterparts.


From Communications of the ACM

A Little Queue Theory

A Little Queue Theory

When more work means less done.


From Communications of the ACM

A Right to Be Forgotten?

A Right to Be Forgotten?

Searching for an answer to the question of how much responsibility search engine operators should bear for privacy-related issues connected to search engine results.


From Communications of the ACM

The Tears of Donald Knuth

The Tears of Donald Knuth

Has the history of computing taken a tragic turn?


From Communications of the ACM

Does the Internet Make Us Stupid?

Does the Internet Make Us Stupid?

Yes, but this may not be as bad as it sounds…


From Communications of the ACM

Wearables: Has the Age of Smartwatches Finally Arrived?

Wearables

Time will tell if smartwatches will find their niche.

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