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December 2014


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Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X

Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.


From ACM Opinion

What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online

What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online

When I heard that Albert Einstein's papers were going to be published free online, I was thrilled—at least initially.


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The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission

The Last Astronauts to Fly to Hubble Talk About Their Wild Mission

On a sunny afternoon in May, 2009, seven astronauts strapped themselves into the space shuttle Atlantis and rocketed toward the heavens.


From ACM News

Search Gives ­s Superpowers

Search Gives ­s Superpowers

Machine learning—an area of AI focusing on systems that "learn" from data in order to navigate future similar scenarios—is one of the ways we’ve managed to give systems like search the ability to make sense of our analog world…


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The World Cracks Down on the Internet

The World Cracks Down on the Internet

In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are false, defamatory, or otherwise harmful: Was a message popular…


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Professor Says Eu vs. Google Is Misguided and Politically Motivated

Professor Says Eu vs. Google Is Misguided and Politically Motivated

Recent attempts by the EU Parliament to censure and control Google's activities are misguided and possibly politically motivated, according to IMD Professor Michael Wade.


From ACM Opinion

Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem

Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem

The robots will rise, we're told.


From ACM Opinion

Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision

Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision

"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."


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The Princess Trap

The Princess Trap

When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was "ready for princesses," part of me died.


From ACM Opinion

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity…


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Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

He told the BBC: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."


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Next Battle in the War on Science

Next Battle in the War on Science

The war over science is heating up on Capitol Hill.


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Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate

When "Captain Ridley's shooting party" gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied by one of the finest chefs from the Savoy hotel.


From ACM Opinion

Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution

Microscopy: Hasten High Resolution

The best electron and scanning probe microscopes today can resolve individual atoms and chemical bonds.


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Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online

Hacker Mitnick Has a Plan to Help You Stay Safe Online

Even famed hacker Kevin Mitnick—labeled a "computer terrorist" by the FBI in the '90s—worries about getting hacked.


From Communications of the ACM

The Whole Professional

The Whole Professional

A new book inspires a reflection on what it means to be a whole, competent, and effective professional — and may portend a wave of disruption in education.


From Communications of the ACM

Port Squatting

Port Squatting

Do not irk your local sysadmin.


From Communications of the ACM

Making the Case For a 'Manufacturing Execution System' For Software Development

Making the Case For a 'Manufacturing Execution System' For Software Development

Seeking to improve information integration throughout the manufacturing process.


From Communications of the ACM

Innovation and Inclusion

Innovation and Inclusion

What technology companies, especially startups, need to know about building great places to work — for her and him — in the digital age.


From Communications of the ACM

The Internet That Facebook Built

The Internet That Facebook Built

The on-ramp might appear free but exiting takes a toll.

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