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January 2018


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Even Realistic Videogames Like Call of Duty Won't Help ­S Win Wars

Even Realistic Videogames Like Call of Duty Won't Help ­S Win Wars

Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism.


From ACM Opinion

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond

Trust in Digital Technology Will Be the Internet's Next Frontier, For 2018 and Beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm—bordering on addiction—about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology.


From ACM Opinion

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at Ces 2018

The Big Tech Trends to Follow at Ces 2018

Imagine this: When you leave the house, your air conditioner and lights turn off automatically. Then when a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your house cleaner, it sends an alert to your phone.


From ACM Opinion

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a "bipartisan whipping boy," a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the presidential election, "ripping apart the social fabric," destroying…


From ACM Opinion

What Telegram Owes Iranians

What Telegram Owes Iranians

After the 2009 Green Movement—a failed attempt to overturn a stolen presidential election through street protests—the Iranian political establishment took away one searing lesson: Never lose control of social media.


From Communications of the ACM

The Sharing Economy Meets Reality

The Sharing Economy Meets Reality

Assessing the uncertainties of the business models driving the sharing economy.


From Communications of the ACM

How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society

How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society

Seeking to remedy bad legislation with good science.


From Communications of the ACM

Defining American Greatness: IBM from Watson to Trump

Defining American Greatness

Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century.


From Communications of the ACM

Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do For You . . .

Ask Not What Your Postdoc Can Do For You . . .

Seeking more effective strategies for training and nurturing CS postdocs to ensure their success.


From Communications of the ACM

Technology and the Failure of the ­niversity

Technology and the Failure of the ­niversity

Considering the double-edged sword of learning technologies in various academic settings.

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